CO NASS January
The yearly count of Colorado sheep and goat herds conducted by the Colorado National Agricultural Statistics Service Field Office is coming up.
Field Office Director Bill Meyer says about 1100 cattle producers, 350 sheep and goat producers are expected to be surveyed.
Meyer: “The first two weeks of January is when we’ll be conducting our annual sheep and goat survey. For the first two weeks of January we’ll be contacting cattle and sheep producers. For sheep there’s only one time a year we have an inventory number release so we hope everyone can participate in that. We have our monthly cattle on feed and in July we publish the US number for cattle. In January that’s the one we get an all cattle number for all states. It’s used by marketers, land grant universities,
Meyer says the US went through a significant expansion of cattle numbers this year, then it leveled off a bit so it should be very interesting to see what the January numbers show.
He says those releases will be coming out January 31st.
The 2018 inventory of all sheep and lambs in Colorado totaled 445,000 head. That was up 6 percent from 2017. The number of breeding sheep and lambs decreased by 3 percent i that same period to 195,000 head while market sheep and lambs increased by 14 percent to 250,000 head.