NAHMS Published Second Sheep 2011 Report
February 1, 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Health Monitoring System posted the second report from the Sheep 2011 Study: Part II: Reference of Marketing and Death Loss on U.S. Sheep Operations. 
 
The Sheep 2011 study was conducted in 22 of the nation's major sheep-producing states, covering 70.1 percent of U.S. farms with ewes and 85.5 percent of the U.S. ewe inventory. 
 
Following are a few highlights from the report.
 
Overall, 75.3 percent of lambs were sold in the United States during 2010. Of those, 27.3 percent were sold at auction/sale barns, 24.9 percent were sold directly to slaughter and 17.3 percent were sold directly to buyers/dealers.
Predator losses have a substantial economic impact on U.S. sheep operations. Overall, coyotes caused the highest percentage of predator losses (52.8 percent), but predator predominance varies by geographic location, flock size and flock type.
Almost one-fourth of operations (23.9 percent) had a private veterinarian visit for a sheep-related reason during 2010.
Overall, 80.2 percent of the operations with 20 or more ewes sheared lambs and sheep during 2010.
The report is available at http://nahms.aphis.usda.gov/sheep.