"We hope that producers called to volunteer
"We rely heavily on the NAHMS analysis
Sheep 2001 producers were selected from 22 of the major sheep-producing
states* to statistically represent a minimum of 70 percent of sheep and sheep
operations in the
* AR, CA, CO, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MN, MT, NV, NM, OH, OR, PA, SD, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, and WY.
Sheep 2001 data and biological and/or forage samples will be used to:
December 29, 2000-
National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) enumerator will visit 5,000 sheep producers to complete a questionnaire on general management. The enumerator will ask eligible producers (those with 20 or more ewes) to sign a consent form enabling participation in the next phase of the study.
February 5 -
A State or Federal Veterinary Medical Officer will visit producers who consented to discuss participation in this phase. The VMO will complete a questionnaire on health and management issues for producers who continue with the study.
Biological samples may be collected
at this visit, or an additional visit may be necessary, depending on the
options for biological sampling selected by the producer. See Testing
Options for more information.
(Time dependent on biological sampling choices)
Early summer, 2001 Approximately 20 minutes
The VMO will collect additional data on the lamb crop, likely via a follow-up telephone call to the producer.
NAHMS' national studies rely on voluntary participation of
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established NAHMS to collect timely, accurate, and user-friendly information on animal health and management. Since 1990, NAHMS has provided baseline measures and snapshots of health and management practices and assisted with identification of emerging issues for the national swine, dairy, beef cow-calf, beef feedlot, sheep, catfish, and equine populations.