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February 1, 2008

Missouri Goat Inventory Continues Rapid Increase

Columbia, MO - “Goat production for meat and milk continue to be the fastest expanding segment of Missouri’s livestock sector” according to Gene Danekas, Director of USDA-Missouri Agricultural Statistics.

Missouri goat producers had an inventory of 94,400 head on January 1, 2008, up 16 percent from the 81,000 head on hand a year earlier and 25 percent higher than 2006. Increases in meat goats to 80,000 head from 68,500 head a year ago and milk goats to 13,000 head from 11,000 a year earlier were slightly offset by a decline in Angora goats to 1,400 head from 1,500 head the previous year.

United States Goat and Kid Inventory Up 3 Percent

All goat inventory in the United States on January 1, 2008, totaled 3.02 million head, up 3 percent from 2007. Breeding goat inventory totaled 2.50 million head up 2 percent from 2007. All market goats and kids totaled 520,000 head, up 4 percent from a year ago. On January 1, 2008 meat and all other goats totaled 2.50 million head, up 4 percent from 2007. Milk goat inventory increased 4 percent to 305,000 head while angora goats were down 12 percent totaling 210,000 head. The 2007 kid crop totaled 1.94 million head for all goats, up 1 percent from 2006. Mohair production in the United States during 2007 was 1.14 million pounds. Goats and kids clipped totaled 185,000 head. Average weight per clip was 6.20 pounds. Mohair price was $3.78 per pound with a value of 4.31 million dollars.

Missouri Sheep and Lamb Inventory Up 5 Percent

Columbia, MO - “The sheep and lamb industry continue to expand,” said Gene Danekas, Director of USDA-Missouri Agricultural Statistics. “Sheep and lamb numbers are at the highest level since 1999.”

The January 1, 2008 inventory of all sheep and lambs in Missouri was 82,000 head, up 4,000 head from a year earlier. The number of breeding sheep and lambs rose 3 percent to 72,000 head and market sheep and lambs rose to 10,000 head from 8,000 head a year earlier. Breeding sheep on hand January 1, 2008 consisted of 57,000 ewes one year old and older, up 4 percent from a year earlier. There were 4,000 rams one year old and older and 11,000 replacement lambs, both unchanged from a year ago. All market sheep and lambs were composed of 1,000 market sheep, 3,500 market lambs under 65 pounds, 2,500 lambs between 65 and 84 pounds, 2,000 lambs between 85 and 105 pounds and 1,000 lambs over 105 pounds. The 2007 lamb crop, at 80,000 head, was up 11 percent from the 2006 lamb crop of 72,000 head. The lambing rate rose to 145 lambs per 100 ewes on hand January 1, 2007 compared with the 2006 lambing rate of 138 lambs per 100 ewes on hand January 1, 2005. Wool production in Missouri during 2007 totaled 425,000 pounds from 63,000 sheep and lambs shorn. A year earlier 410,000 pounds were shorn from 65,000 sheep and lambs. The average price paid for wool was $0.73 per pound for a total value of 310 thousand dollars, up 80 percent from 2006.

United States Sheep and Lamb Inventory Down 2 Percent

All sheep and lamb inventory in the United States on January 1, 2008, totaled 6.06 million head, down 2 percent from 2007. After consecutive increases in 2005 and 2006, inventory has now declined for the past two years. Breeding sheep inventory decreased to 4.51 million head on January 1, 2008, down 2 percent from 4.61 million head on January 1, 2007. Ewes one year old and older, at 3.62 million head, were 2 percent below last year. Market sheep and lambs on January 1, 2008, totaled 1.55 million head, down slightly from January 1, 2007. Market lambs comprised 95 percent of the total marketings. Twenty-four percent were lambs under 65 pounds, 14 percent were 65 - 84 pounds, 26 percent were 85 - 105 pounds, and 36 percent were over 105 pounds. Market sheep comprised the remaining 5 percent of total marketings. The 2007 lamb crop of 4.05 million head, was down slightly from 2006. The 2007 lambing rate was 110 lambs per 100 ewes one year old and older on January 1, 2007, down 1 percent from 2006. Shorn wool production in the United States during 2007 was 34.5 million pounds, down 4 percent from 2006. Sheep and lambs shorn totaled 4.71 million head, down 3 percent from 2006. The average price paid for wool sold in 2007 was $0.88 per pound for a total value of 30.3 million dollars, up 23 percent from 24.5 million dollars in 2006.