Sheep and Lamb Inventory Up 2 Percent
July 29, 2005
July 29, 2005 -- As of July 1, 2005, sheep and lamb inventory in the United States totaled 7.8 million head, 2-percent above one year ago. This information was released on July 22, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in its July 2005 Sheep Report.
Other categories which experienced an increase in numbers over the last year include breeding sheep, as well as market sheep and lambs. The 2005 lamb crop is expected to total 4.12 million head, up 1 percent from the 2004 lamb crop of 4.1 million head.
?This again is encouraging news for the sheep industry that herd rebuilding in the United States continues,? commented Peter Orwick, American Sheep Industry Association executive director. ?More sheep helps to strengthen all sectors of the industry from suppliers to lamb and wool processors and sheep-seedstock producers.?
Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33