Your Reading List

Canadian, U. S. Livestock Inventories Drop

A merged report by Statistics Canada and the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) finds both countries’ cattle and hog herds in shrink mode.

The merged report, produced regularly for the U. S. cattle and hog industries, is meant to provide producers additional information about potential supplies.

CATTLE

Using cattle U. S. inventory numbers previously released on Jan. 30, the StatsCan/NASS report finds all cattle and calves in the U. S. and Canada combined totalled 107.7 million head on Jan. 1, 2009, down two per cent from the same date a year ago. The number of all cows and heifers that have calved, at 46.6 million head, was down two per cent from a year ago.

All cattle and calves in the United States as of Jan. 1, totalled 94.5 million head, two per cent below the 96.0 million on Jan. 1, 2008. All cows and heifers that have calved, at 41.0 million head, were down two per cent from the 41.7 million on Jan. 1, 2008.

All cattle and calves in Canada as of Jan. 1 totalled 13.2 million head, down five per cent from the 13.9 million on Jan. 1, 2008, and seven per cent below the 14.2 million of two years ago. All cows and heifers that have calved, at 5.63 million, was down six per cent from the 5.97 million on Jan. 1, 2008, and six per cent below the 6.02 million from two years ago.

StatsCan reports Manitoba’s total beef and dairy cattle herd at 1.28 million head as of Jan. 1, 2009, down from 1.355 million a year ago and 1.375 million two years ago. Beef cows dropped 6.4 per cent between Jan. 1, 2008 and Jan. 1, 2009, to 575,000 head, while slaughter heifers dropped 26.9 per cent during that time, to 38,000. Increases were reported in the beef replacement heifer count (69,000 head, up 11.3 per cent) and in dairy cows (45,000, up 2.3 per cent).

HOGS

Using U. S. hog inventory numbers released on Dec. 30, 2008, the report finds total U. S. and Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs for December 2008 was 79.1 million head. This was down four per cent from December 2007 but up two per cent from December 2006. The breeding inventory, at 7.49 million head, was down three per cent from a year ago but virtually unchanged from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 71.6 million head, was down four per cent from last year and down three per cent from last quarter. The pig crop, at 36.3 million head, was down four per cent from 2007 but up three per cent from 2006. Sows farrowed during this period totalled 3.79 million head, down five per cent from last year.

U. S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on Dec. 1, 2008 was 66.7 million head. This was down two per cent from both Dec. 1, 2007 and Sept. 1, 2008. The breeding inventory, at 6.08 million head, was down two per cent from last year but up slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 60.6 million head, was down two per cent from both last year and last quarter. The pig crop, at 28.4 million head, was down four per cent from 2007 but up six per cent from 2006. Sows farrowed during this period totalled 2.99 million head, down six per cent from last year.

Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs on Jan. 1, 2009 was 12.4 million head. This was down 10 per cent from Jan. 1, 2008 and down 17 per cent from Jan. 1, 2007. The breeding inventory, at 1.40 million head, was down seven per cent from last year and down one per cent from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 11.0 million head, was down 11 per cent from last year and down four per cent from last quarter. The pig crop, at 7.86 million head, was down three per cent from 2008 and down four per cent from 2007. Sows farrowed during this period totalled 799,200 head, down four per cent from last year.

StatsCan reported Manitoba’s total hog herd at Jan. 1, 2009 at 2.68 million hogs, down 4.6 per cent from Jan. 1, 2008. Breeding stock dropped 4.9 per cent to 344,600 head, while market hog inventory fell 4.6 per cent to 2.34 million head.

SHEEP

Statistics Canada reported Canada’s total sheep herd as of Jan. 1, 2009 at 808,200 head, down 2.1 per cent from the same date in 2008. The ewe count dropped two per cent to 522,100 head and the market lamb count 1.3 per cent to 184,400.

In Manitoba, the total sheep herd dropped 1.6 per cent to 61,000 head, mainly in the ewes, where the count dropped 5.1 per cent to 31,500 head. The market lamb count, however, rose 3.4 per cent to 24,100 head.

Comments

explore

Stories from our other publications