USDA to Survey Cattle Operations In July


        In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct its semi-annual Cattle Survey. The agency will ask producers about their beef and dairy cattle inventories, calf crop, and cattle on feed operations. NASS will publish the resulting statistics in the semi-annual Cattle report on July 20.

         Producers should receive the survey questionnaire in late June and can respond via the Internet as well as by mail or fax. Those who do not respond in one of those ways will have the opportunity for a telephone or personal interview.

         "In New England, we will contact approximately 400 of the larger beef and dairy cattle operations," said Gary Keough, director of NASS's New England Field Office. "The semi-annual surveys enable NASS to provide timely, accurate, and unbiased data that all sectors of the U.S. beef industry can use."

         "Once published, the information will help producers determine production and marketing strategies and plan purchases and capital investments," he explained. Processors, warehouse and storage companies and the transportation sector rely on the reports to anticipate future volume.

         Keough noted that, as is the case with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by Federal law. "NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only State- and national-level data, ensuring that no individual producer or operation can be identified," he said.

        NASS will publish survey results in the semi-annual Cattle report on July 20. This and all NASS reports are available online at For more information, call the NASS New England Field Office at 1-800-642-9571.