The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) NAHMS1 conducts national studies on the health and management of the U.S. livestock, poultry, and aquaculture industries.
NAHMS has conducted two previous studies of the U.S. sheep industry: 1996 and 2001. Objectives of these studies included estimating the prevalence of specific sheep diseases and conditions, describing risk factors associated with scrapie, and describing nutritional practices that impact sheep health.
The NAHMS Sheep 2011 study will continue to address the priority issues of the U.S. sheep industry and its stakeholders. Twenty-two states (excluding Maryland) will participate in the 2011 survey. The chosen states represent 70 percent of U.S. flocks and 85 percent of U.S. sheep.
The first NAHMS goat study, intended to provide baseline information for the goat industry, was conducted in 2009, but results have not yet been posted to the NAHMS Goat Page.
1National Animal Health Monitoring System
NAHMS Sheep Studies