USDA to survey cattle farmers

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey more than 40,000 cattle operations nationwide next month, including 900 in Illinois, to provide an up-to-date measure of U.S. cattle inventories.

Farmers will have the opportunity to report their beef and dairy cattle inventories, calf crop, death loss and cattle on feed inventory during the first two weeks of January.

“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.

NASS offers the options of responding online, by telephone, mail or a personal interview with a local NASS representative to make it as easy as possible for farmers to participate in the survey.

The information provided by respondents remains confidential as required by law, which is the case with all NASS surveys. For more information, call the NASS Heartland Regional Field Office at 800-551-1014.