In 2011, the Mississippi Beef Cattle Improvement Association sponsored prizes as an incentive for beef cattle producers in the state to participate in a comprehensive survey of beef cattle production. The survey was designed and implemented by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.
The objective of the survey was to obtain an updated assessment of production, marketing, and information gathering practices on beef cattle operations.
The survey was conducted during May and June 2011 as an online survey with a printed option. Survey respondents were asked to base their responses on the previous 3 years of production.
In addition to the 79 Mississippi respondents, 115 respondents from other Southeast U.S. states completed the survey. These states (number of respondents) were as follows: Alabama (76), Arkansas (1), Florida (19), Georgia (11), Louisiana (3), North Carolina (1), South Carolina (2), and Tennessee (2).
Survey results concerning herd sire purchasing decisions and breed use are presented here.