Surveys

Sheep and Goat Inventory

Sheep and Goat Inventory Survey

The purpose of the Sheep and Goats Inventory survey is to provide information on inventory of breeding and market sheep, lambs born during the previous year, and wool production and prices. Additionally, the January survey includes inventory of breeding and market goats, kids born during the previous year as well as mohair production and prices in selected states.

The Sheep and Goats Inventory survey is a national program conducted in all states. Farmers and ranchers surveyed are representative of the entire sheep and goat industry.

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Program Content

Questions for the sheep and lambs are asked in the January Sheep and Goats Inventory survey to provide information on inventory of breeding and market sheep, lambs born, death loss, and wool production and value. Questions for goats and kids are asked in the January survey to provide information on inventory of breeding and market goats, kids born, death loss, and mohair production.

Uses

Uses of statistical information are extensive and varied. Producers are the primary users of the information for determining production and marketing strategies, planning purchases and capital investments. Other users of the data include financial institutions, producer organizations, agribusiness, state and national farm policy makers, and foreign and domestic buyers of agricultural products. Government agencies are important users of the data. Federal farm programs require information on supplies, production potential and income. Economists, data analysts, and university researchers, transform the data into projections of current trends, interpret their economic implications, and evaluate alternative courses of action in terms of prospective outcomes. These projections multiply the usefulness of the data.

Frequency

The Sheep and Goat Inventory survey is conducted in January.

Methods

The sheep and goat sample is drawn from a universe of farms and ranches in the United States which raise sheep and goats including sheep in feedlots. A sample of area tracts not on the list is surveyed to measure incompleteness. Information collected on the Sheep and Goat Inventory survey is collected via mail, telephone interview, internet, and face-to-face interview.

Special Features

Questions for sheep and lambs pertain to animals on the total acres operated, regardless of ownership except for Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. In these states, questions for sheep and lambs pertain to animals owned by the operation, regardless of location.

Last Modified: 05/12/2020