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January 30, 2009

Missouri Goat Inventory Steady With Last Year

(Columbia, MO) - “After several years of rapid growth, the goat industry leveled off over the past year,” according to Gene Danekas, Director of USDA-Missouri Agricultural Statistics.

Missouri goat inventory totaled 97,000 head on January 1, 2009, up slightly from a revised 96,600 head on hand a year earlier. Meat goat inventory totaled 86,500 head, a slight increase over the revised 2008 level of 86,200. Milk goats, at 9,000 head, are unchanged from a year earlier, while Angora goats increased by 100 head over last year to 1,500 head.

United States Goat and Kid Inventory Down 2 Percent

All goat inventory in the United States on January 1, 2009, totaled 3.07 million head, down 2 percent from 2008. Breeding goat inventory totaled 2.54 million head down 2 percent from 2008. All market goats and kids totaled 528,000 head, up 1 percent from a year ago. On January 1, 2009 meat and all other goats totaled 2.55 million head, down 2 percent from 2008. Milk goat inventory increased 4 percent to 335,000 head while angora goats were down 10 percent totaling 185,000 head. The 2008 kid crop totaled 1.96 million head for all goats, down 2 percent from 2007.

Mohair production in the United States during 2008 was 1.18 million pounds. Goats and kids clipped totaled 193,500 head. Average weight per clip was 6.10 pounds. Mohair price was $3.31 per pound with a value of 3.91 million dollars.

Missouri Sheep and Lamb Inventory Up 1 Percent

(Columbia, MO) - “Similar to goats, the rate of growth in the Missouri’s sheep industry slowed substantially,” said Gene Danekas, Director of USDA-Missouri Agricultural Statistics.

The January 1, 2009 inventory of all sheep and lambs in Missouri was 83,000 head, up 1,000 head from a year earlier. The number of breeding sheep and lambs rose to 74,000 head, 2,000 head over last year, while market sheep and lambs fell by 1,000 head to an inventory of 9,000 head. Breeding sheep on hand January 1, 2009 consisted of 58,000 ewes one year old and older and 12,000 replacement lambs, both up 1,000 head from a year ago. There were 4,000 rams one year old and older, unchanged from last year. All market sheep and lambs comprised 1,000 market sheep, 3,000 market lambs under 65 pounds, 1,500 lambs between 65 and 84 pounds, 1,500 lambs between 85 and 105 pounds, and 2,000 lambs over 105 pounds. The 2008 lamb crop, at 70,000 head, was down 8 percent from the 2007 lamb crop. The lambing rate dropped to 123 lambs per 100 ewes on hand January 1, 2008 compared with the 2007 lambing rate of 138 lambs per 100 ewes on hand January 1, 2007. Wool production in Missouri during 2008 totaled 415,000 pounds from 69,000 sheep and lambs shorn. Wool production was unchanged from 2007 but 6,000 more sheep were shorn in 2008. The average price paid for wool, down $0.16 to $0.57 per pound from last year generated a total value of 237 thousand dollars, down 22 percent from 2007.

United States Sheep and Lamb Inventory Down 3 Percent

All sheep and lamb inventory in the United States on January 1, 2009, totaled 5.75 million head, down 3 percent from 2008. Breeding sheep inventory decreased to 4.25 million head on January 1, 2009, down 4 percent from 4.43 million head on January 1, 2008. Ewes one year old and older, at 3.40 million head, were 4 percent below last year. Market sheep and lambs on January 1, 2009, totaled 1.50 million head, down 1 percent from January 1, 2008. Market lambs comprised 95 percent of the total marketings. Twenty-three percent were lambs under 65 pounds, 11 percent were 65 - 84 pounds, 21 percent were 85 - 105 pounds, and 39 percent were over 105 pounds. Market sheep comprised the remaining 5 percent of total marketings.

The 2008 lamb crop of 3.71 million head, was down 5 percent from 2007. The 2008 lambing rate was 105 lambs per 100 ewes one year old and older on January 1, 2008, down 3 percent from 2007. Shorn wool production in the United States during 2008 was 33.0 million pounds, down 5 percent from 2007. Sheep and lambs shorn totaled 4.43 million head, down 5 percent from 2007. The average price paid for wool sold in 2008 was $0.99 per pound for a total value of 32.5 million dollars, up 7 percent
from 30.2 million dollars in 2007.