July 11, 2003
The USDA?s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) collected data on sheep health and management practices from a stratified random sample of sheep production sites in 22 states as part of the Sheep 2001 study. Part II: Reference of Sheep Health in the United States, 2001 and Part III: Lambing Practices, Spring, 2001 are now available on-line at:
In 1999, the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) board of directors revised a 1990 policy which directed ASI to request that NAHMS include an industry study on sheep similar to those of other livestock and poultry industries. ASI worked with NAHMS to develop a set of priorities and assisted in designing a study that would allow for gathering the most useful information for the industry. After several years of work, the study came to fruition.
Some of the areas covered in these two reports include: scrapie management, diseases present on operations, vaccination practices, general management and lambing management.
According to Paul Rodgers, deputy director of policy for ASI, ?The results of the study give great information to the industry, as well as related entities, regarding health and disease issues on a regional and national basis, and will act as the basis for future studies.?
Staff contact: Paul Rodgers, 304-647-9981