In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey about 16,000 cattle operations nationwide to provide an up-to-date measure of U.S. cattle inventories.
“This information helps producers make timely, informed business decisions and plan 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 Greg Bussler, Wisconsin State Statistician. “Obtaining the current count of cattle will serve as an important decision-making tool for the entire agriculture industry.”
During the first two weeks of July, Wisconsin producers will have the opportunity to report their beef and dairy cattle inventories. They will also report calf crop, death loss and cattle on feed information. To make it more convenient for producers, NASS offers the option of responding via the Internet, telephone, or mail.
NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only state- and national-level data in aggregate. This ensures that no individual producer or operation can be identified.
The July Cattle report will be released on July 21, 2023. This and all NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov/publications. For more information, call the NASS Wisconsin Field Office at (608) 287-4775.