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USDA to Study Health Management in Goat Industry
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 05/29/2009

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking an in-depth look at the health, productivity, and health management issues facing the meat, dairy, and fiber segments of the U.S. goat industry in an effort to help further the understanding of potential disease threats.

Conducted through USDA's National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS), the Goat 2009 Study marks the first time NAHMS has focused on goat operations. From July through mid-August, representatives from USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey selected goat operations in 21 states, including Pennsylvania. A total of 231 Pennsylvania farm operations will be contacted for this study.

The Goat 2009 Study is an effort to gather health data on America's goat farms. In order to continue to be highly productive, the U.S. goat industry relies on this objective, science-based information regarding successful management practices.

Goat producers will be asked to provide data regarding herd management, herd health, disease prevention practices and numerous other aspects of their operation. The Goat 2009 Study will identify production practices and health measures that promote efficient production and improve product quality.

As with all NAHMS studies, individual responses are kept strictly confidential and used only in combination with other responses to report regional and national estimates. This assures that regardless of size, participating operations cannot be identified when the results of the study are reported.

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