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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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