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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

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In its fourth study of the beef cow-calf industry since 1993, the USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) will collect new and valuable health and management information from cow-calf producers in the 24 states, including Texas. Those states will represent 87 percent of beef cows and 79 percent of beef cow operations.

From October through December 2017, representatives from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact randomly selected beef cow-calf operators for phase 1 of the study. NASS representatives will conduct personal interviews with all participating operations that have one or more beef cows. For operations that choose to continue to phase II of the study and are eligible to do so, representatives from USDA’s Veterinary Services will visit from January through March 2018 to administer the phase II questionnaire. Representatives will also offer a range of biologic sampling activities in which producers can choose to participate.

The Beef 2017 study’s in-depth look at U.S. cow-calf production will examine topics such as calf health, reproductive efficiency, biosecurity, animal welfare, and antimicrobial use and describe trends in use of these practices since 1993.

Participating beef cow-calf operators will receive:

  • Summary reports from the study that will provide national and regional benchmarks for their operation,
  • Information sheets derived from study data that discuss the findings and their implications, and
  • Results from biologic sampling activities.

The beef industry and other stakeholders will benefit from:

  • Current and scientifically valid estimates of management practices, disease prevalence, and other information important for trade and the health of the U.S. beef industry (e.g., benchmarking), and
  • Data on trends regarding the implementation of beef health management practices and the antibiotic susceptibility of selected enteric bacteria.

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