USDA's National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) has posted the second report from the Sheep 2011 study: Part II: Reference of Marketing and Death Loss on U.S. Sheep Operations. The Sheep 2011 study was conducted in 22 of the Nation’s major sheep-producing States, covering 70.1 percent of U.S. farms with ewes and 85.5 percent of the U.S. ewe inventory.
Some highlights from the report are below.
- Overall, 75.3 percent of lambs were sold in the United States during 2010. Of those, 27.3 percent were sold at auction/sale barn, 24.9 percent were sold directly to slaughter, and 17.3 percent were sold directly to buyer/dealers.
- Predator losses have a substantial economic impact on U.S. sheep operations. Overall, coyotes caused the highest percentage of predator losses (52.8 percent), but predator predominance varies by geographic location, flock size, and flock type.
- Almost one-fourth of operations (23.9 percent) had a private veterinarian visit for any sheep-related reason during 2010.
- Overall, 80.2 percent of operations with 20 or more ewes sheared lambs and sheep during 2010.
The report is available on the World Wide Web at
As always we encourage you to send comments and questions and to share this message with others involved in the sheep industry.
Anne L. Berry
Technical Information Specialist
National Animal Health Monitoring System
2150 Centre Ave., Bldg. B, MS 2E7
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117