Canadian Cattle Inventory Up with Improved Prices

CANADA - Canadian cattle farmers had just over 12.5 million cattle on their farms as of 1 January, 2012, up 0.5 per cent from the same date a year earlier; the first year-over-year increase in seven years.
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The inventory of beef cows fell by one per cent, continuing a downward trend that started in January 2006. However, the 1 January, 2012 inventory of beef replacement heifers increased 4.8 per cent in the Western provinces and increased one per cent in the East. Overall, inventories of beef replacement heifers rose 4.3 per cent. The increase in replacement heifers indicates that producers are beginning to replenish the herd with younger cows, according to a report by StatisticsCanada.

Canadian farmers had about 1.4 million dairy cows and heifers on their farms, roughly unchanged from 1 January, 2011.

Cattle on feeding operations in Canada were higher by four per cent at 1 January, 2012 from a year earlier. Heifers and calves were seen to have increased by 2.7 per cent and 15.2 per cent respectively, while the number of steers declined 1.2 per cent from a year ago.

In 2011, cattle and calf slaughter totalled 3.5 million head, down 7.5 per cent from 2010 and down 6.5 per cent from the same period in 2009. On average, 3.7 million head were slaughtered in Canada in each of the previous five years. There were an estimated 689,300 head of cattle and calves exported in 2011, down 35.2 per cent from 2010 and 35.4 per cent below the level of 2009.

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