Meat and Livestock Australia is calling on farmers to complete a 15-minute survey in a bid to gauge flock numbers and lamb production expectations nationwide. The Sheep Producer Intentions survey — formerly known as the Wool and Sheepmeat Survey — is conducted by MLA and Australian Wool Innovation three times a year. Information collected helps MLA and AWI forecast future intentions for the sheepmeat and wool industry, as well as approximate flock sizes, breed makeup and lamb, wether and ewe numbers. The results are published in MLA’s triannual Sheep Industry Projections reports. “Production and producer intentions are regularly monitored throughout the year to generate better forward-looking information that allow producers to make the most efficient decisions, with the results of these surveys forming the basis of MLA’s Industry Projections,” MLA said. In a first, producers who fill out the October survey will be provided with personalised dashboards that allow them to benchmark their flock demographics against others. The survey is built around the collection of an industry representative sample of producers across all sheep production growing regions nationwide. To achieve a representative sample, sheep producers are sampled with strong representation within each MLA defined sheep production region. The survey — which is held in February, June and October — breaks down results nationally, by state and by MLA sheep producing regions. Sheep producers have until Sunday, October 16 to complete the survey via the MLA website.