Livestock surveys to be conducted

posted Dec. 26, 2017 7:13 a.m. (CDT)
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Starting this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will measure sheep and goat inventories and wool and mohair production during a nationwide survey.

Greg Bussler, state statistician of the NASS Wisconsin Field Office, said the Sheep and Goat Survey gives producers the opportunity to report the latest information on conditions and trends in the industry. Wisconsin operators surveyed will be asked to provide information about their sheep and goat inventories, counts of lambs and kids born during 2017 and production and prices received for wool and mohair. In Wisconsin, NASS will contact about 600 operations to request their responses to the survey.

“Accurate data on sheep and goat inventory, as well as wool production, is a significant decision-making tool for USDA and the industry to be more responsive to domestic and international markets and consumer needs,” Bussler said.

NASS will publish the survey results Jan. 31, 2018, in the Sheep and Goats report.

In January, NASS will survey about 43,000 cattle operations nationwide to provide an up-to-date measure of U.S. cattle inventories.

“This information helps producers make timely, informed business decisions and plan for herd expansion or reduction. It also helps packers and government leaders evaluate expected slaughter volume for future months and determine potential supplies for export,” Bussler said. “Obtaining the current count of cattle will serve as an important decision-making tool for the entire agriculture industry.”

During the first two weeks of January, Wisconsin producers will have the opportunity to report their beef and dairy cattle inventories, calf crop, death loss and cattle on feed information. The January cattle report will be released Jan. 31.

Producers can respond to these surveys via the Internet, telephone, mail or personal interview with a local NASS representative. NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only state- and national-level data in aggregate, ensuring that no individual producer or operation can be identified. All NASS reports are available at For more information, call the NASS Wisconsin Field Office at 800-789-9277.

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