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February 4, 2014

Sheep and lamb inventory down 2%

Goat inventory also down 2%

All sheep and lamb inventory in the United States on January 1, 2014, totaled 5.21 million head, down two percent from 2013. Breeding sheep inventory decreased to 3.88 million head on January 1, 2014, down two percent from 3.98 million head on January 1, 2013. Ewes one year old and older, at 3.07 million head, were two percent below last year. Market sheep and lambs on January 1, 2014, totaled 1.33 million head, down two percent from January 1, 2013. Market lambs comprised 94 percent of the total market inventory. Twenty-five percent were lambs under 65 pounds, 11 percent were 65-84 pounds, 24 percent were 85-105 pounds, and 34 percent were over 105 pounds. Market sheep comprised the remaining six percent of total market inventory.

The 2013 lamb crop of 3.37 million head, was down two percent from 2012. The 2013 lambing rate was 107 lambs per 100 ewes one year old and older on January 1, 2013, down two percent from 2012.

Shorn wool production in the United States during 2013 was 27.0 million pounds, down one percent from 2012. Sheep and lambs shorn totaled 3.70 million head, also down one percent from 2012. The average price paid for wool sold in 2013 was $1.45 per pound for a total value of 39.2 million dollars, down six percent from 41.6 million dollars in 2012.

Sheep death loss during 2013 totaled 225 thousand head, a decrease of two percent from 2012. Lamb death loss decreased one percent from 365 thousand head in 2012 to 360 thousand head in 2013.

Total Goat and Kid

Inventory Down 2 Percent

All goat inventory in the United States on January 1, 2014, totaled 2.76 million head, down two percent from 2013. Breeding goat inventory totaled 2.26 million head, down three percent from 2013. Does one year old and older, at 1.69 million head, were three percent below last year's number. Market goats and kids totaled 500 thousand head, up two percent from a year ago.

Kid crop for 2013 totaled 1.74 million head for all goats, down three percent from 2012.

Meat and all other goats totaled 2.28 million head on January 1, 2014, down two percent from 2013. Milk goat inventory was 355 thousand head, down one percent from January 1, 2013, while Angora goats were down four percent, totaling 131 thousand head.

Mohair production in the United States during 2013 was 790 thousand pounds. Goats and kids clipped totaled 141 thousand head. Average weight per clip was 5.6 pounds. Mohair price was $4.25 per pound with a value of 3.36 million dollars.

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