The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced on Dec. 1 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is gearing up for the Sheep and Goat Inventory Survey. Conducted each year in January, the surveys provide critical inventory and production information for Virginia and the nation.
During the first two weeks in January, producers in Virginia will be contacted to participate in the Sheep and Goat Inventory. This survey will provide the latest information on conditions and trends in the U.S. sheep and goat industry for 2011.
Accurate data on sheep and goat inventory and production allow USDA and the industry to be more responsive to the American and international public, increase consumer understanding and awareness, and establish an appreciation for the benefits of U.S. sheep and goats and their products,” said Herman Ellison, director of the NASS Virginia Field Office.
When contacted by the NASS Field Office, producers will be asked to provide information on the number of breeding and market sheep and goats, lambs and kids born during the previous year, as well as mohair production, wool production and prices.