The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) is ready to solicit input from cattle industry stakeholders on the issues that ought to be addressed in the next NAHMS beef study, which will focus on the cow/calf sector.
NAHMS is soliciting input to help set the study objectives through a web-based survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Beef2017NAGen.
The study ("Beef 2017") will initiate data collection in late 2017 and will survey producers in at least 20 states. NAHMS plans to have at least 70% of beef cows and 70% of beef operations in the U.S. represented in the study.
The study will involve personal interviews with producers to ask about health and management of their cattle.
Reports from prior beef studies (cow/calf and feedlot) are available on the NAHMS website at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/nahms.