January Livestock Surveys Coming Out

Livestock operators to be asked about milk production and animal inventory.

Published on: Dec 17, 2012

During the first two weeks of January, the USDA, NASS, Michigan Field Office will be conducting three surveys: the Cattle Report, the Sheep and Goats Report, and the Milk Production Report. Over 1,600 Michigan operators will be asked to provide information about their livestock operations. These data will be used to estimate Michigan's milk production, cattle inventory, and sheep and goats inventory by class.

Most selected farmers will receive a questionnaire in the mail. Producers not responding by mail or the internet will be  contacted  by  telephone  or  interviewed  in  person.  Reporting  by  mail  or  on  the  internet  will  eliminate  the  need  for telephone  or  personal  follow-up,  thus  keeping  survey  costs  to  a  minimum.  Individual  reports  from  farmers  are  kept confidential and only summarized to set county, state, and national estimates of livestock inventories and production.

January Livestock Surveys Coming Out
January Livestock Surveys Coming Out

Published  estimates  from  these  surveys  will  help  keep  all  market  participants  equally  informed.  All  reports  are available on the internet at www.nass.usda.gov. The Milk Production report will be available after 3:00 p.m. on January 23,  2013.  The  Cattle  report  and  the  Sheep  and  Goats  report  will  be  available  after  3:00  p.m.  on  February  1,  2013.

Operations  participating  in  these  surveys  will  receive  a  free  copy  of  the  results  as  published  in  Agriculture  Across Michigan. Estimates by county will be available for cattle in mid-May.