January 2012 Cattle Survey
Released: January 2013
For more information contact: Jodie Sprague or Eric Sommer at 1-800-835-2612.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be calling nearly 50,000 cattle producers nationwide to get the latest and most accurate data on cattle inventories and calf production. Some of the data that will be collected are inventory by class, calf crop, death loss, breeding stock inventory values, and grazing fees. The data collected is kept confidential and used to prepare reliable State and National inventory numbers and related statistics.

"The January Cattle Survey provides Montana producers the opportunity to serve as the lead source of data on cattle" said Steve Anderson, director of the Montana Field Office. "In Montana we'll be contacting about 1000 operations in order to measure trends in beef and dairy cattle inventories, calf crop and cattle operations. The information is a critical decision-making tool for the cattle industry. It helps producers make informed marketing decisions for their own operations and helps government and businesses evaluate expected volume for slaughter and supplies for export." Anderson added, "At the request of industry, NASS will also be measuring predator and non-predator death losses this year."

The Montana Field Office will contact cattle producers from January 1-11, 2013 between the hours of 6:30 am and 9:30 pm. The results of the survey will be published January 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm MST and can be accessed on the internet at www.nass.usda.gov. The results of the January Cattle Report are free to all farmers and ranchers by calling 1-800-835-2612.