The National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS), a part of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, is getting ready to kick off its next beef industry survey and they need your help.
“We’re asking for cattle producers to provide input now to help set the study objectives,” says Dave Dargatz, a veterinarian and one of the members of the NAHMS research team that collects data and provides it back to the beef industry. To that end, the NAHMS researchers have a short survey for cattle producers and other stakeholders to use to provide direction as they develop the next NAHMS beef study, which will focus on the cow-calf segment of the industry.
Beginning in 2017, the NAHMS research team will survey cow-calf producers in 20-plus states on their animal’s health and management practices. “We plan to represent at least 70% of the beef cows and 70% of the beef operations in the U.S. with this study,” Dargatz says. The study will involve personal interviews with producers about health and management of their cattle.
NAHMS has a long history of collecting vitally important data on a variety of animal health issues important for the beef business. Click here for reports from prior beef studies on both cow-calf and feedlot health and management.
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