January 2012 Sheep and Goat Survey
Released: December 20, 2012
For more information contact: Carmen Pennington or Eric Sommer at 1-800-835-2612.
This January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will reach out to producers in 42 states, including Montana, for the annual Sheep and Goat Survey. The survey provides critical information on breeding and marketing herds, lamb and kid crops, and lamb losses to predators in Montana.

"NASS will contact approximately 650 sheep and goat producers in Montana during the first two weeks of January to obtain inventory and lamb and kid crop information," said Steve Anderson, director of the NASS Montana Field Office. "Results of this survey will provide the latest information on conditions and trends in the U.S. sheep and goat industry." "The results of the Sheep and Goat Survey are primarily used by producers themselves to help determine their production and marketing strategies," added Anderson. "This information also increases consumer understanding and awareness of the benefits of U.S. sheep and goats and their products."

Anderson noted that, as is the case with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law. NASS safeguards the privacy of all survey responses ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.

Results from the Sheep and Goat Survey will be published in the Sheep and Goats Report, scheduled for release in February. The report will provide current national-level estimates for the sheep and goat industry. This and all NASS reports are available online at: www.nass.usda.gov.