Working for the feedlot industry
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) to collect valuable, timely, and accurate information on animal health and management. Since 1990, NAHMS has developed national estimates on animal health and related management practices and assisted with identification of emerging issues for the national swine, dairy, cow-calf, feedlot, sheep, catfish, and equine populations.
The Feedlot '99 study is NAHMS' second national study of the beef feedlot industry. The NAHMS 1994 Cattle on Feed Evaluation (COFE) results provided producer-requested baseline information that will be used with Feedlot '99 information to identify trends in animal health and management practices over the past 5 years. Results of the COFE are posted on the World Wide Web at: www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/ceah/ncahs.
"The NAHMS feedlot study data should provide valuable
information regarding the importance of preventative health
programs at the cow-calf level. Moreover, this information
will enhance efforts to communicate the importance of health
programs across industry sectors. To capture important
information for the U.S. beef industry, cattle feeders are
encouraged to assist NAHMS with their efforts."
Dr. Bob Bohlender, Chairman
NCBA Animal Disease Research Subcommittee
Producers , veterinarians, consultants, university researchers, and government personnel met with NAHMS in personal interviews and focus groups to determine the information gaps confronting the feedlot industry. Participants identified the following issues as priorities.
Information from this study will describe management practices used by the feedlot industry that:
Other data collected will relate to:
Click for more information on Feedlot '99 study objectives .
Data Are CONFIDENTIAL
NAHMS' national studies rely on voluntary participation of U.S. livestock and poultry producers. Confidentiality is our top priority . Links between NAHMS data and the operations of origin are not shared.
"We must know where we are at on these health issues in
order to chart a course of action towards improvement as
well as assess our progress. The NAHMS study provides
vital information needed to accomplish this. "
Dr. Louis J. Perino, Professor of Immunology,
Health and Management, West Texas A & M University
(* Arizona , California , Colorado , Idaho , Iowa , Kansas , Nebraska , New Mexico , Oklahoma , South Dakota , Texas , and Washington .)
For participating producers, Feedlot '99 will provide:
For the U.S. feedlot industry, Feedlot '99 will provide valuable results and serve as a tool to increase productivity and quality by:
focus on areas of importance to the feedlot industry.
"It is difficult to make decisions about the future without
analyzing the past. This NAHMS feedlot study will help
us determine historical trends in the hope of defining
a clear direction towards lower production costs and
maximum efficiencies ."
Dr. Scott MacGregor, Livestock Consulting Services
President, Academy of Veterinary Consultants
For more information, contact:
Centers for Epidemiology & Animal Health
USDA:APHIS:VS, Attn. NAHMS
2150 Centre Ave., Bldg., B, MS 2E7
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117
Telephone: (970) 494-7000