The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has announced they will be conducting a Feral Swine Livestock Damage survey to measure the costs of feral swine damage to livestock operations. The survey is conducted in cooperation with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Wildlife Services.
Over 4,000 farms and ranches in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are being surveyed.
“Completing your survey will help us understand the impact that feral swine or wild hogs have on livestock operations,” said NASS Southern Regional Director Anthony Prillaman. “The data that farm operators provide through this survey help provide a foundation for feral swine research.”
APHIS will analyze these data as a baseline for future studies and any published information will be made available to the public through the APHIS Feral Swine Resources website.
To protect the health of producers, partners, and employees, NASS has suspended in-person interviews. Survey respondents are asked to complete their questionnaire online or return it by mail. If needed, trained enumerators will follow-up with producers to collect the data by phone.
Operators who have received this survey should complete it by August 18. For more information contact the NASS Southern Regional Field Office at (800) 253-4419.