The Agriculture Department suspended its semi-annual U.S. cattle inventory report for a second year on Tuesday due to budget cuts that also affect certain rice, fish, fruit and vegetable estimates.
"The decision to suspend these reports was not made lightly, but it was nevertheless necessary, given the funding situation," said USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service in a statement.
USDA said because of automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration, "we are not able to reinstate the programs that were suspended in March" in the new fiscal year.
The July cattle report was regarded as the broadest-reaching of the reports, although many of the more obscure reports dealing with niche crops are also missed by participants in those markets.
The more than 2,000 U.S. craft beer producers, for example, have said they have been disadvantaged by the loss of estimates for hops, a critical brewing ingredient.
With the suspension, USDA will report on cattle numbers once in 2014, in a report scheduled for January.