Survey instruments were developed to collect information from sheep and goat producers in four western states (Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming) about their livestock production, marketing, transportation, and disease management practices. Resulting information is intended for use by USDA-APHIS to update a national model of potential disease spread during a hypothetical outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) or other highly contagious animal diseases. Beyond the primary purpose, the survey data can be used to paint a more nuanced picture of current sheep and goat production and marketing practices in the region. Markets for meat, fiber, dairy as well as grazing services are evolving and the information provided by producers is a valuable resource for understanding these changes in the region.


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