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January 28, 2011

Missouri Goat Inventory Down 3 Percent

(Columbia, MO) - “The goat industry in Missouri has tapered off in the past two years after a period of rapid growth,” said Gene Danekas, Director of USDA-Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service. “Goat inventory is showing a slight decrease from last year.”

Missouri goat inventory totaled 92,300 head on January 1, 2011, down 3 percent from 94,900 head on hand a year earlier. Meat goat inventory totaled 80,000 head, a decrease of 5 percent from the 2010 level of 84,500. Milk goats, at 11,000 head, are up 2,000 head from a year earlier, while Angora goats decreased by 100 head from last year to 1,300 head.

United States Goat and Kid Inventory Down 1 Percent

All goat inventory in the United States on January 1, 2011, totaled 3.00 million head, down 1 percent from 2010. Breeding goat inventory totaled 2.49 million head, down 1 percent from 2010. Does one year old and older, at 1.84 million head, were 1 percent below last year’s number. Market goats and kids totaled 514,000 head, down 1 percent from a year ago. Kid crop for 2010 totaled 1.91 million head for all goats, down 2 percent from 2009. Meat and all other goats totaled 2.47 million head on January 1, 2011, down 2 percent from 2010. Milk goat inventory increased to 360,000 head, 1 percent above January 1, 2010, while Angora goats were up 7 percent, totaling 172,000 head.

Mohair production in the United States during 2010 was 1.09 million pounds. Goats and kids clipped totaled 181,000 head. Average weight per clip was 6.0 pounds. Mohair price was $3.49 per pound with a value of 3.79 million dollars.

Missouri Sheep and Lamb Inventory Up 3 Percent

(Columbia, MO) - “After years of steady growth, Missouri’s sheep industry seems to have leveled off, and is even slightly up from last year,” said Gene Danekas, Director of USDA-Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service.

The January 1, 2011 inventory of all sheep and lambs in Missouri was 81,000 head, up 2,000 head, or 3 percent, from a year earlier. The number of breeding sheep and lambs increased 3 percent to 73,000 head, 2,000 head above last year, while market sheep and lambs stayed even with a year earlier at 8,000 head. Of the breeding sheep, there were 57,000 ewes one year old and older, up 2,000 head, or 4 percent, from 2010. There were 13,000 replacement lambs, up 1,000 head, and 3,000 rams one year old and older, down 500 head from last year. All market sheep and lambs was comprised of 500 market sheep, 4,000 market lambs under 65 pounds, 1,500 lambs between 65 and 84 pounds, 1,200 lambs between 85 and 105 pounds, and 800 lambs over 105 pounds. The 2010 lamb crop, at 71,000 head, was up 4 percent from the 2009 lamb crop. The lambing rate increased to 128 lambs per 100 ewes on hand January 1, 2010 compared with the 2009 lambing rate of 117 lambs per 100 ewes on hand January 1, 2009. Wool production in Missouri during 2010 totaled 310,000 pounds from 50,000 sheep and lambs shorn. This was down from the 380,000 pounds from 55,000 sheep and lambs shorn a year earlier. The average price paid for wool, up $0.15, was $0.55 per pound from last year and generated a total value of 173 thousand dollars, up 14 percent from 2009.

United States Sheep and Lamb Inventory Down 2 Percent

All sheep and lamb inventory in the United States on January 1, 2011, totaled 5.53 million head, down 2 percent from 2010. Breeding sheep inventory decreased to 4.12 million head on January 1, 2011, down 2 percent from 4.19 million head on January 1, 2010. Ewes one year old and older, at 3.26 million head, were 2 percent below last year. Market sheep and lambs on January 1, 2011, totaled 1.42 million head, down 1 percent from January 1, 2010. Market lambs comprised 94 percent of the total marketings. Twenty-seven percent were lambs under 65 pounds, 12 percent were 65 - 84 pounds, 21 percent were 85 - 105 pounds, and 34 percent were over 105 pounds. Market sheep comprised the remaining 6 percent of total marketings. The 2010 lamb crop of 3.60 million head, was down 2 percent from 2009. The 2010 lambing rate was 108 lambs per 100 ewes one year old and older on January 1, 2010, unchanged from 2009.

Shorn wool production in the United States during 2010 was 30.6 million pounds, down 1 percent from 2009. Sheep and lambs shorn totaled 4.22 million head, up slightly from 2009. The average price paid for wool sold in 2010 was $1.15 per pound for a total value of 35.3 million dollars, up 45 percent from 24.3 million dollars in 2009.