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USDA conducting national feedlot study

Article-USDA conducting national feedlot study

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Study focusing on cattle health and management on U.S. feedlots with at least 50 head.


The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) will conduct a national study focusing on cattle health and management on U.S. feedlots with at least 50 head. Representatives from the National Agricultural Statistics Service will administer a questionnaire to participating operations from March through April 2021. If participants choose to continue into the second portion of the study, USDA or state veterinary health professionals will administer a second questionnaire from June through August 2021.

After the questionnaires are complete, NAHMS will analyze the data and issue a series of reports that will:

  • Help animal health officials assess disease-preparedness strengths and vulnerabilities;
  • Help policymakers and industry stakeholders make informed decisions regarding feedlot cattle health and management;
  • Identify research and development needs;
  • Enable economic analyses of the health and productivity of U.S. feedlots;
  • Identify educational needs and opportunities related to the health of feedlot cattle;
  • Provide a benchmark on important feedlot cattle health management practices to inform quality assurance programs;
  • Provide transparent, credible, and independent information on U.S. feedlot practices.

NAHMS studies are voluntary and confidential. If you are selected to participate, we encourage you to do so.  Your answers will statistically represent many other producers in your state.

You can learn more about the NAHMS Health Management on U.S. Feedlots 2021 study here or watch a video explaining the importance of this feedlot study here.


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