Canadaís Beef Herd Sees Slight Increases


Wyatt Bechtel, Drovers

March 12, 2018


The Canadian beef cattle herd increased by approximately 1% since last year, the first increase in the herdís total since 2012.


According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Canada had a total cattle inventory of 11,625,000 head on Jan. 1, 2018. Thatís an increase of 105,000 cattle since the same time in 2017.


Prior to this recent increase there were six years Canadaís cattle herd was on the decline losing 995,000 head from 2012 to 2017. The last time the Canadian cattle herd saw an increase was from 2011 to 2012 when the herd rose by only 58,000 head.


Classes of beef cattle saw relatively modest gains in the past year. The beef cow herd rose by about 1% with 29,500 more cows in the herd. Canada now has 3.7 million beef cows compared to 31.7 million beef cows in the U.S.


There are 2% more yearling steers or older in Canada and 1% more yearling bulls or older in Canada. Calves less than a year old saw marginal growth with 5,200 more calves reported.


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