LITTLE ROCK – In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey more than 250 cattle operations statewide to provide an up-to-date measure of the United States cattle inventory.

“This information helps producers make timely, informed business decisions and plan for herd expansion or reduction,” said Eugene Young, director of the Delta Regional Office at Little Rock.

“It also helps packers and government leaders evaluate expected slaughter volume for future months and determine potential supplies for export,” Young said. “Obtaining the current count of cattle will serve as an important decision-making tool for the entire agriculture industry.”

During the first two weeks of July, Arkansas producers will have the opportunity to report their beef and dairy cattle inventories, calf crop, death loss and cattle on feed information.

NASS offers the option of responding to the survey by the Internet, telephone, mail or a personal interview with a local NASS representative. The July Cattle report will be released July 20. This and all NASS reports are available online at

Details: NASS Delta Regional Office at Little Rock, 800-327-2970. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call 800-795-3272 (voice), or 202-720-6382 (TDD).