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Sheep Project Hot Sheet
USDA's National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) has published two informational sheets from the Sheep 2011 study:
Highlights of NAHMS Sheep 2011 “Part I: Reference of Sheep Management Practices in the United States”
Record-keeping Practices on U.S. Sheep Operations
In addition, the first descriptive report from the Sheep 2011 study is now available: Sheep 2011: Part I: Reference of Sheep Management Practices in the United States, 2011.
USDA's National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) has posted the second report from the Sheep 2011 study: Part II: Reference of Marketing and Death Loss on U.S. Sheep Operations. The Sheep 2011 study was conducted in 22 of the Nation’s major sheep-producing States, covering 70.1 percent of U.S. farms with ewes and 85.5 percent of the U.S. ewe inventory.
Some highlights from the report are below.
Overall, 75.3 percent of lambs were sold in the United States during 2010. Of those, 27.3 percent were sold at auction/sale barn, 24.9 percent were sold directly to slaughter, and 17.3 percent were sold directly to buyer/dealers.
Predator losses have a substantial economic impact on U.S. sheep operations. Overall, coyotes caused the highest percentage of predator losses (52.8 percent), but predator predominance varies by geographic location, flock size, and flock type.
Almost one-fourth of operations (23.9 percent) had a private veterinarian visit for any sheep-related reason during 2010.
Overall, 80.2 percent of operations with 20 or more ewes sheared lambs and sheep during 2010.
The report and info sheets are available on the World Wide Web at http://nahms.aphis.usda.gov/sheep.
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