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Live cattle imports from the U.S. are up sharply, says a provincial livestock market analyst.

From January to November, nearly 243,000 non-purebred head were imported, an increase of 40 per cent compared to the same period in 2018, said Jason Wood.

“Alberta non-purebred cattle imports were more than 145,000 head for the January to November 2019 period,” he said. “This is an increase of 57 per cent from the same period in 2018, when over 92,000 head were imported.”

With a smaller calf crop here, cattle imports are expected to remain strong this year. Meanwhile, exports of Canadian cattle to the U.S. topped 722,000 head in 2019.

“That number is a 14.6 per cent increase from 2018 but is 11 per cent below the five-year average.”

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