Canadian cattle numbers down 4.9 per cent from 2009 – for Aug. 30, 2010

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Statistics Canada estimates for livestock numbers as of July 1, 2010 were released Aug. 23.

StatsCan says Canadian cattle producers estimated their herd at 14.0 million head, down 4.9 per cent from the same date in 2009 one year ago.

The Canadian dairy herd fell 1.3 per cent, while the total beef herd dropped 5.5 per cent.

From January to July 2010, an estimated 1.9 million head of Canadian cattle and calves were sent to slaughter. This was a 6.5 per cent increase from the same six months one year earlier.

During the first six months of 2010, exports of live cattle and calves totalled 613,100 head, up 1.5 per cent from the same period in 2009.

Hogs

At July 1, 2010, Canadian hog producers reported an estimated 11.8 million hogs on their farms, down from 12.1 million hogs on the same date in 2009.

Farmers reported 1.3 million sows and gilts on farms, down 4.8 per cent from July 1, 2009 and 9.4 per cent below levels as of July 1, 2008.

During the second quarter 2010, total hog exports amounted to 1.4 million head, down 14.1 per cent from the same quarter in 2009.

Hogs that were sent to slaughter totalled 5.1 million during the second quarter of 2010, down 0.8 per cent from the same period in 2009.

Sheep

At July 1, 2010, the number of sheep on Canadian farms dropped 1.9 per cent to 1.0 million head from the same date in 2009.

During the first six months of 2010, 325,900 sheep were sent to slaughter in Canada, down 4.5 per cent from the same period in 2009.

The export market for sheep has remained virtually non-existent since 2003.

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