In January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will survey more than 40,000 cattle operations nationwide to provide an up-to-date measure of U.S. cattle inventories.
“This information helps producers
make timely, informed business decisions such as planning for herd
expansion or reduction. It also helps packers and government leaders
evaluate expected slaughter volume for future months and determine
potential supplies for export,” said Northeastern Regional Director King
Whetstone. “Obtaining the current count of cattle will serve as an
important decision-making tool for the entire agriculture industry.”
the first two weeks of January, Northeastern producers will have the
opportunity to report their beef and dairy cattle inventories, calf
crop, death loss and cattle on feed operations.
To make it as easy as
possible for producers to participate in the survey, the National
Agricultural Statistics Service offers the option of responding via the
Internet, telephone, mail or a personal interview with a local
statistics service representative.
The statistics service safeguards
the privacy of all responses and publishes only state- and
national-level data, ensuring that no individual producer or operation
can be identified.
The January Cattle report will be released Jan.
31. This and all statistics reports are available online at
www.nass.usda.gov. For more information, call the Northeastern Regional
Field Office at (800) 498-1518.