S.D. sheep inventory down from last year

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SIOUX FALLS – The January 1, 2013 South Dakota inventory of all sheep and lambs totaled 275,000 head, according to the South Dakota office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Total inventory was down 10,000 head from last year’s total of 285,000 head. The breeding herd totaled 220,000 head, decreasing by 5,000 head from last year’s 225,000 head. The marketing herd decreased by 5,000 head, totaling 55,000 head for 2013. Other classes and their changes from one year ago are:

· Ewes one year old and older, at 180,000 head, down 5,000 head from last year’s total of 185,000 head.

· Rams and wethers one year old and older, at 7,000 head, unchanged from January 1, 2012.

· Replacement lambs for breeding, at 33,000 head, unchanged from January 1, 2012.

Lambs born during 2012 totaled 230,000 head, down 5,000 head from the 2011 crop.

Wool production for 2012, at 1,890,000 pounds, was down 80,000 pounds from a year earlier. Sheep and lambs shorn totaled 255,000 head, compared to 260,000 head in 2011.

Meat goats in South Dakota on January 1, 2013, totaled 7,100 head, down 9 percent from last year’s 7,800 head. Milk goats on January 1 totaled 2,100 head, unchanged from January 1, 2013.