July 2, 2010
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) this month will reach out to producers in 42 states for the biannual Sheep and Goat Survey. The survey provides critical information on breeding and marketing flocks, as well as lamb and kid crops in the United States.
"Sheep producers who are contacted by NASS personnel are encouraged to respond," commented Peter Orwick, executive director for the American Sheep Industry Association. "The data collected from surveys like this one provide the latest information on trends within the U.S. sheep industry, and this data is utilized by the industry as well as the policy makers in Washington."
Producers will be asked to provide inventory information on breeding and market sheep, as well as lambs born. For convenience, producers can respond by internet, telephone, mail or field interview.
All information provided by respondents to NASS surveys is confidential. Results will be published in the Sheep and Goats report scheduled for release on July 23.