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USDA to Survey Cattle Operations

To assess current U.S. cattle inventories, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey about 43,000 cattle operations nationwide in January.

“This information helps producers make timely, informed business decisions and plan for herd expansion or reduction. It also helps packers and government leaders evaluate expected slaughter volume for future months and determine potential supplies for export,” says Greg Thessen, upper Midwest regional director. “Obtaining the current count of cattle will serve as an important decision-making tool for the entire agriculture industry.”

During the first two weeks of January, producers will have the opportunity to report their beef and dairy cattle inventories, calf crop, death loss, and cattle on feed information. To make the process easy, producers are being offered several ways to complete the survey: via internet, telephone, mail, or through a personal interview with a local NASS representative. 

The privacy of all responses is protected by NASS, and it publishes only state- and national-level data in aggregate, which ensures that no individual producer or operation can be identified. The January Cattle Report will be released on January 31, 2018. 

To view this and other NASS reports visit For more information, call the NASS upper Midwest regional field office at 800/772-0825.

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