‘Live cattle imports from the US to Canada were up in 2020 which is the fourth year-over-year increase in a row,’ states Jason Wood, livestock market analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. ‘The numbers for the January to December 2020 period shows just over 272,000 non-purebred cattle were imported to Canada. This is up 1.5% compared to 2019.’
Woods adds that Alberta non-purebred cattle imports were over 156,000 head for the January to December 2020 period - down 2.2% compared to 2019 when just under 160,000 head were imported.
‘In 2020, Alberta saw 57% of the cattle imported to Canada come into the province,’ says Woods. ‘This is above Alberta’s 53% average share over the last five years’.
Woods says 2020 Canadian cattle exports were also up 2% for slaughter cattle (steers, heifers and cows) over 2019 and 8% higher than the 5-year average. Feeder cattle exports in 2020 were down 36% year-over-year and 39% lower than the 5-year average.
Image 1: U.S Cattle Imports to Canada and Alberta
While imports have trended higher Woods say Canadian exports of live cattle to the U.S. trended downward. ‘We saw a 9% drop from 2019 and 7.6% below the 5-year average.’
Image 2: Canadian Live Cattle Exports to the U.S.
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