December 12, 2008
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's January Sheep and Goat Report Survey is the only chance to officially measure the entire sheep industry in the United States in 2009 and will produce the fifth national estimate for goats.
In mid- to late December, sheep and goat operations will receive questionnaires in the mail, and in late December and early January, respondents will be contacted by an enumerator either by telephone or personal interview. As with all surveys conducted by the National Agricutural Statistics Service, by federal law, survey data is kept confidential. Names, addresses and information about individual operations are considered private information and are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Data on individual operations cannot be released to the public or to any other local, state or national government agency under any circumstances.
National survey results will be released from Washington, D.C., at 3 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2009. All reports are available on the Internet within minutes of the scheduled release time at www.nass.usda.gov
Reprinted in part from Pennsylvania Farm News