About 900 Illinois cattle producers will be surveyed in January by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to provide an up-to-date measure of U.S. cattle inventories. More than 40,000 cattle operations nationwide will be surveyed.

“This information helps producers make timely, informed business decisions, such as planning 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,” said Mark Schleusener, Illinois State Statistician.

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 inventory via the internet, telephone or mail. Information provided by respondents is confidential, as required by federal law.

All NASS reports are available online.