Sheep and goat producers will begin receiving inventory surveys from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
"Interest in sheep and goat data continues to grow with increased diversification in agriculture and consumer demands," said Joe Prusacki, director of the NASS statistics division. "The sheep and goat inventory survey provides producers the opportunity to report the latest information on conditions and trends in the industry."
Surveyed producers will be asked to provide information about their sheep and goat inventories, counts of lambs and kids born during 2013 and production and prices for wool and mohair. Nationwide, NASS will contact about 23,000 operations to request their responses to the survey.
Peter Orwick, executive director for the American Sheep Industry Association, commented, "I encourage all producers who are surveyed to take the time to respond in an effort to assure the highest level of validity of this important industry report."
To make it as easy as possible for producers to participate in the survey, NASS offers the option of responding via the Internet, telephone, mail or a personal interview with a local NASS representative.
Prusacki noted that, as is the case with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law.
NASS will publish the survey results in February 2014, in the Sheep and Goats report.