Monday, December 11, 2006

Make sure your sheep and goats get counted

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct 2007 January sheep and goats and cattle surveys this winter to gather reliable information about inventories for all states. Producers will be asked to report during the Dec. 29-Jan. 12 data collection period.

"Because of the unique issues and challenges facing today's producers, participation in this survey is vital," said Steve Manheimer, director of the NASS Arizona field office. "Only by contacting operations directly can NASS compile and publish the most reliable statistics possible."

Having quality information enables the USDA and the sheep and goats and cattle industries to be more responsive to the American and international public, increase consumer understanding and awareness and establish an appreciation for the safety and health benefits of U.S. lamb and beef products.

NASS safeguards the confidentiality of all survey responses. Data collected from individual operations are combined with other responses to provide the needed data. NASS will not disclose any data about an individual operation. NASS will publish the 2007 Sheep and Goats and 2007 Cattle Reports with state and national estimates on Jan. 26, 2007.

Policymakers often refer to the statistical reports generated from inventory surveys to decide allocation of resources. Only if you participate will the inventory reflect the vibrant growth of sheep & goat farming in the Northeast.

Reprinted from Western Farm Press

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