Ohio sheep numbers down

The number of sheep and lambs on Ohio farms on Jan. 1, 2012, totaled 126,000 head, down 2% from the 2011 estimate, according to the Jan. 27 Sheep and Goats report from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. Total breeding sheep inventory at 102,000 head, was unchanged from the previous year. Ewes one year old and older were estimated at 78,000 head, down 3,000 from last year. Rams one year old and older were estimated at 6,000 head on January 1, 2012, unchanged from last year. Replacement lambs were up 3,000 to 18,000 head on January 1, 2012. The 2011 lamb crop was estimated at 100,000 head, down 4% from the previous year. Total market sheep & lambs, at 24,000 head, were down 11% from one year ago.

All sheep and lamb inventory in the United States on January 1, 2012, totaled 5.35 million head, down 2% from 2011. Breeding sheep inventory decreased to 3.98 million head on January 1, 2012, down 3% from 4.08 million head on January 1, 2011. Ewes one year old and older, at 3.16 million head, were 2% below last year. Market sheep and lambs on January 1, 2012, totaled 1.37 million head, down 2% from January 1, 2011.

Market lambs comprised 94% of the total market inventory. Twenty-two percent were lambs under 65 pounds, 12% were 65 – 84 pounds, 22% were 85 – 105 pounds, and 38% were over 105 pounds. Market sheep comprised the remaining 6% of total market inventory.

The 2011 lamb crop of 3.51 million head, was down 2% from 2010. The 2011 lambing rate was 109 lambs per 100 ewes one year old and older on January 1, 2011, an increase of 2% from 2010.

Shorn wool production in the United States during 2011 was 29.3 million pounds, down 4% from 2010. Sheep and lambs shorn totaled 4.03 million head, also down 4% from 2010. The average price paid for wool sold in 2011 was a record high $1.67 per pound for a total value of 48.9 million dollars, up 40% from 35.0 million dollars in 2010.

All goat inventory in the United States on January 1, 2012, totaled 2.86 million head, down 4% from 2011. Breeding goat inventory totaled 2.38 million head, down 4% from 2011. Does one year old and older, at 1.78 million head, were 3% below last year’s number. Market goats and kids totaled 487 thousand head, down 5% from a year ago. Kid crop for 2011 totaled 1.88 million head for all goats, down 2% from 2010. Meat and all other goats totaled 2.36 million head on January 1, 2012, down 4% from 2011. Milk goat inventory was 360 thousand head, unchanged from January 1, 2011, while Angora goats were down 15%, totaling 146 thousand head.

Mohair production in the United States during 2011 was 865 thousand pounds. Goats and kids clipped totaled 149 thousand head. Average weight per clip was 5.8 pounds. Mohair price was $4.12 per pound with a value of 3.56 million dollars.

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