The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) is currently working on the 2011 Sheep Study.
NAHMS conducts national studies on the health and management of the U.S. livestock, poultry and aquaculture industries. These studies are designed to meet the information needs of the industries and other stakeholders-as identified by those working with these industries.
NAHMS has conducted two previous studies of the U.S. sheep industry, Sheep 1996 and Sheep 2001. NAHMS Sheep 2011 study will continue to address the priority issues of the U.S. sheep industry and its stakeholders. Twenty-two states will participate in the study. These States represent 70 percent of U.S. sheep flocks and 85 percent of U.S. sheep.
"If you are contacted to participate in the on-site phase of the study, we encourage you to do so. Only by gathering good field information and samples can we help the industry assess its real live problems," said Jim Logan, DVM, chair of the American Sheep Industry Association's Animal Health Committee. "Pharmaceutical and biological companies look to the NAHMS studies for statistical data to determine the need for a product and if that product will be marketable."
The Sheep 2011 study will:
Participation in all NAHMS studies is voluntary. Randomly selected producers who choose to participate in the study will be visited by representatives from USDA's National Agricultural
Statistics Service from January through February 2011. During this visit, an on-site questionnaire will be administered. Eligible producers will also be asked to participate in the second phase of the study.
Producers who participate in the second phase will be visited by veterinary medical officers and/or animal health technicians who will administer questionnaires and collect biological samples beginning in March 2011.
Because NAHMS' studies rely on voluntary participation, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) protects the privacy of every participant. Only those collecting the data know the identity of the respondent. No name or address is ever recorded in any APHIS database. No data will be reported on any individual or in a manner that would allow the identification of an individual.
The Sheep 2011 Fact Sheet is available at www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahms/sheep/downloads/sheep11/Sheep11_is_Objectives.pdf.