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January 27, 2012

Missouri Goat Inventory Up 2 Percent

(Columbia, MO) - “The Missouri goat inventory, as of January 1, 2012, increased slightly from last year.  This follows two years of small decreases,” said Robert Garino, Acting Director of USDA-Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service.  “Meat goats, which make up almost 90% of the total inventory, drove this rise.” 

Missouri goat inventory totaled 94,000 head on January 1, 2012, up 2 percent from 92,300 head on hand a year earlier.  Meat goat inventory totaled 83,500 head, an increase of 4 percent from the 2011 level of 80,000.  Milk goats, at 9,000 head, are down 2,000 head from a year earlier, while Angora goats increased by 200 head from last year to 1,500 head.

United States Goat and Kid Inventory

For the complete NASS report can be accessed at the following website:
http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1145

Missouri Sheep and Lamb Inventory Up 3 Percent

(Columbia, MO) - "For the second year in a row there has been an increase in the number of sheep in Missouri,” said Robert Garino, Acting Director of USDA-Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service.  “Our estimated sheep inventory, at 83,000, is at the level it reached in 2009 and is the highest the last ten years.”

The January 1, 2011 inventory of all sheep and lambs in Missouri was 83,000 head, up 2,000 head from a year earlier.  The number of breeding sheep and lambs increased 1 percent to 73,000 head, 1,000 head above last year, market sheep and lambs increased a 1,000 head from a year earlier at 10,000 head.  Of the breeding sheep, there were 58,000 ewes one year old and older, up 1,000 head, or 2 percent, from 2011.  Replacement lambs were unchanged from a year earlier at 12,000 and 3,000 rams one year old and older, were the same as last year.  All market sheep and lambs was comprised of 1,000 market sheep, 3,000 market lambs under 65 pounds, 2,500 lambs between 65 and 84 pounds, 2,000 lambs between 85 and 105 pounds, and 1,500 lambs over 105 pounds.  

The 2011 lamb crop, at 72,000 head, was up 1 percent from the 2010 lamb crop.  The lambing rate increased to 128 lambs per 100 ewes on hand January 1, 2010 compared with the 2011 lambing rate of 126 lambs per 100 ewes on hand January 1, 2011.  

Wool production in Missouri during 2011 totaled 300,000 pounds from 50,000 sheep and lambs shorn.  This was down from the 310,000 pounds from 50,000 sheep and lambs shorn a year earlier.  The average price paid for wool, up $0.16, was $0.71 per pound from last year, and generated a total value of 213 thousand dollars, up 25 percent from 2010.

United States Sheep and Lamb Inventory

For the complete NASS report can be accessed at the following website:
http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1145