USDA to Survey Cattle Operations in January
Thursday, November 18th, 2010
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is calling on nearly 50,000 cattle operations nationwide to report the latest and most accurate data on cattle inventories and calf production. “The January Cattle Survey provides Georgia producers the opportunity to serve as the frontline source of data on cattle” said Doug Kleweno, director of the Georgia Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). “In Georgia, we’ll be contacting about 1,100 operations in order to measure trends in beef and dairy cattle inventories, calf crop and cattle operations.” To make it as easy as possible for producers to participate, NASS offers the option of responding via telephone, mail, online or personal interview with a local NASS representative. “No matter how producers choose to report, they are providing an important service to the cattle industry and to U.S. agriculture as a whole,” Kleweno said. “Their responses will be compiled with those of their fellow producers nationwide, providing the only accurate and comprehensive estimate of the state of U.S. cattle production.” The information is a critical decision-making tool for the cattle industry, he explained. “For instance, it helps producers make informed marketing decisions and plan for herd expansion or reduction. It also helps packers and government evaluate expected slaughter volume for future months and determine potential supplies for export,” Kleweno said. Survey results will be published in NASS’s Cattle report, on January 28, 2011. The report will provide state and national-level estimates of total inventory, beef cows, milk cows, bulls, replacement heifers, other heifers, steers, calves and number of calves born during the previous year. In addition, NASS’s Farms, Land in Farms, and Livestock Operations report, also published in February, will include data on the number of operations with cattle and calves, and percent of inventory by herd size. As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law. NASS safeguards the privacy of all survey responses and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified. All reports are available on the NASS web site: www.nass.usda.gov.