July Cattle Survey

July Cattle Survey

Maura Bennett
Maura Bennett

About 1900 cattle ranchers across the Mountain Regional states are being asked to give their best estimates about their cattle numbers to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Bill Meyer Director of the Colorado NASS office says the team does a major cattle survey every January and then every month they survey for the number of cattle on feed.

And in July they do another survey to see how many total cattle the whole industry is producing.

“ We’ll be mailing out about a thousand reports across Colorado. We’re going to be asking about inventories of the different classes of cattle on hand. We’ll be releasing that report in late July.

For July we publish national numbers only but it gives a good sense of what’s going on out there. And so that should be showing up in people’s mailboxes at the end of this month.”

Cattle producers in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming will receive the survey.

They’ll be asked to report their beef and dairy cattle inventories, calf crop, death loss and cattle on feed information.

Meyer says, “The information helps producers make timely, informed business decisions and plan for herd expansion or reduction. It also helps measure the pulse of the industry.”

The results of the survey will be available in aggregate form so that no individual operation or producer can be identified. NASS will compile, analyze, and publish survey results in the July Cattle report on July 24th.

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