- March 2016
- President’s Notes
- 2016 ASI Convention
- The Strength of a United Voice
- State Execs Benefit from Media Training
- Award Winners Recognized
- Producer Panel Praises EBVs
- PERC Hears Survey Results
- Tips on Preparing for VFD
- Providing Consistent, Quality Lamb
- Let’s Grow Sets New Priorities
- Allotment Records Are Important
- Legislative Council Busy in 2015
- Next Generation Makes Plans
- Arizona Ag Tour
- Optimism For Wool Industry
- Make It With Wool Winners
- Working Dog Liability Insurance
- Seeking Young Producer for Tri-Lamb
- Wolf Testifies on Behalf of Sheep
- Sheep Inventory Up Again
- Use NSIP Data To Improve Lambing Rates
- Market Report
Sheep Inventory Up Again
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service’s annual Sheep and Goats Report, all sheep and lamb inventory in the United States on Jan. 1 totaled 5.32 million head, up 1 percent from the same time in 2015.
States with the largest increases in sheep and lamb numbers last year included: North Dakota, 14 percent; Kentucky, 10 percent; Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia, 9 percent.
Breeding sheep inventory at 3.97 million head increased 1 percent from 3.94 million head on Jan. 1, 2015. Ewes 1 year old and older, at 3.13 million head, were slightly above last year. Market sheep and lambs on Jan. 1 totaled 1.36 million head, up 1 percent. Market lambs comprised 94 percent of the total market inventory, while market sheep comprised the remaining 6 percent.
Shorn wool production in the United States during 2015 was 27.1 million pounds, up 1 percent from 2014. Sheep and lambs shorn totaled 3.68 million head, unchanged from 2014. The average price paid for wool sold in 2015 was $1.45 per pound for a total value of $39.3 million, up 1 percent from $38.9 million in 2014.
For the full report, visit, USDA.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/SheeGoat/SheeGoat-01-29-2016.pdf.