SIGNS POINT TO IMPROVEMENT, THOUGH CHALLENGES REMAIN

JULIE STEPANEK SHIFLETT

In January 2014, the sheep and lamb inventory in the U.S. was 5.21 million head, down 2.3 percent annually. Accounting for 14 percent of all U.S. sheep and lambs, the largest sheep state, Texas, saw its inventory grow by 6 percent in 2014 to 740,000 head. The second largest sheep state, California, saw a 4 percent drop in inventory to 550,000 head. The third largest sheep state, Colorado, saw a 16-percent contraction to 365,000 head.

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