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Wisconsin Sheep and Goat Inventories Down from 2022
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/02/2023

All sheep and lambs inventory in Wisconsin as of January 1, 2023, totaled 80,000 head, down 2,000 head from 2022, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Sheep and Goats report. Total breeding stock, at 65,000 head, was 2 percent below one year ago. Market sheep and lambs decreased 6 percent from a year ago and totaled 15,000 head. The 2022 lamb crop was estimated at 58,000 head, down 3 percent from the 2021 lamb crop.

Wool production for 2022 was 300,000 pounds, down 6 percent from 2021, with fleece weights averaging 6.3 pounds

All goats and kids inventory in the United States on January 1, 2023, totaled 2.51 million head, down 2 percent from 2022. Breeding goat inventory totaled 2.06 million head, down 2 percent from 2022. Does one year old and older, at 1.52 million head, were 2 percent below last year's number. Market goats and kids totaled 451,000 head, down 1 percent from a year ago. Kid crop for 2022 totaled 1.58 million head for all goats, down 1 percent from 2021.

Meat and all other goats totaled 2.00 million head on January 1, 2023, down 1 percent from 2022.

Milk goat inventory was 400,000 head, down 2 percent from January 1, 2022, while Angora goats were down 3 percent, totaling 107,000 head.

Mohair production in the United States during 2022 was 520,000 pounds. Goats and kids clipped totaled 99,000 head. Average weight per clip was 5.3 pounds. Mohair price was $6.35 per pound with a value of $3.30 million.

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