Annual Sheep and Goat Survey Scheduled for Next Month by USDAMon, 10 Dec 2012 14:49:24 CST
The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be collecting data for the Sheep and Goat Inventory Survey. Conducted once a year in January, this survey provides critical inventory and production information for Oklahoma and the U.S.
"During the first two weeks in January, over 600 Oklahoma producers will be contacted to participate in the Sheep and Goat Inventory Survey," said Wilbert Hundl, Jr., Director of the NASS Oklahoma Field Office. "This survey will provide the updated information on conditions, trends and inventories in the U.S. sheep and goat industry for 2012."
"Accurate data on sheep and goat inventory and production allows the USDA and the industry to be more responsive to the American and international public, increase consumer understanding and awareness, and establish an appreciation for the benefits of U.S. sheep and goats and their products," added Hundl.
When contacted, producers will be asked to provide information on the number of breeding and market sheep and goats, lambs and kids born during the previous year, as well as wool and mohair production and prices. For convenience, respondents have the option of submitting their data by mail, telephone or internet. A few producers will be contacted in person.
Hundl noted that, as is the case with all USDA-NASS surveys, information provided is confidential by law. The National Agricultural Statistics Service safeguards the privacy of all survey responses ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.
Results will be published in the Sheep and Goats report, scheduled for release on February 1, 2013. The report will provide state and national-level estimates relative to the sheep and goat industry. This and all USDA-NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov. For more information contact the Oklahoma Field Office at (888) 525-9226.
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