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Number of Canadian Cattle in the US herd.

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Tommy

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U.S. Department of Agriculture data show 11.8 million Canadian cattle entered the United States between 1994 and 2003. Over 9.3 million were imported for immediate slaughter, never entering the U.S. cattle herd. Another 1.9 million were feeder cattle, all of which likely were slaughtered before 2004. This leaves only 526,000 breeding cattle. But 456,000 of these are dairy cattle, each with a productive life of about four years. Dairy cattle imported prior to 1999 likely have been culled from the herd, eliminating another 150,000 cattle. Therefore, a reasonable estimate of Canadian cattle that may still be in the U.S. cattle herd today is only 306,000 head, less than four-tenths of 1 percent of the United States' 94.1 million-head herd.
 

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Kato said:
Which makes it all the more remarkable that your only positive BSE case was traced to Canada eh? :wink:

There has been some speculation here that the Washington cow may not have really originated in Canada. I at one time had some doubts too.
But I read that the Wash. cow in question had a sibling in the original Canadian herd and the DNA from test from this sib and the sire was proof positive. Both the US and Canada had separate DNA tests and they matched positively.
I am pretty sure I read this somewhere on the CFIA site. Let's put this to rest. Surely the CFIA had enough balls to protest had there been a question of where the cow originated.
 

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However, the very first cow found in Canada has never been officially traced back to it place of birth. All anyone will say publicly about it is that there is a high probability that it was part of a group of cattle imported from the US. Hmmmmmm
 

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Silver said:
However, the very first cow found in Canada has never been officially traced back to it place of birth. All anyone will say publicly about it is that there is a high probability that it was part of a group of cattle imported from the US. Hmmmmmm

The 1993 Canadian positive cow was traced and imported from UK as were all the rest imported from there around that time. 1987, I believe.
THAT, would be the "very" first.
 

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Tommy said:
U.S. Department of Agriculture data show 11.8 million Canadian cattle entered the United States between 1994 and 2003. Over 9.3 million were imported for immediate slaughter, never entering the U.S. cattle herd. Another 1.9 million were feeder cattle, all of which likely were slaughtered before 2004. This leaves only 526,000 breeding cattle. But 456,000 of these are dairy cattle, each with a productive life of about four years. Dairy cattle imported prior to 1999 likely have been culled from the herd, eliminating another 150,000 cattle. Therefore, a reasonable estimate of Canadian cattle that may still be in the U.S. cattle herd today is only 306,000 head, less than four-tenths of 1 percent of the United States' 94.1 million-head herd.

How about the offspring that may have been in the bellies of the imported cattle. And just because some were imported as feeders does not mean they are dead. We have some cows in our herd that were imported to Canada from the U.S. that were imported as feeder heifers but were sold as replacement heifers after they got here. So your numbers could be wrong and you have no way of knowing and neither do your consumers.
 
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Tam said:
Tommy said:
U.S. Department of Agriculture data show 11.8 million Canadian cattle entered the United States between 1994 and 2003. Over 9.3 million were imported for immediate slaughter, never entering the U.S. cattle herd. Another 1.9 million were feeder cattle, all of which likely were slaughtered before 2004. This leaves only 526,000 breeding cattle. But 456,000 of these are dairy cattle, each with a productive life of about four years. Dairy cattle imported prior to 1999 likely have been culled from the herd, eliminating another 150,000 cattle. Therefore, a reasonable estimate of Canadian cattle that may still be in the U.S. cattle herd today is only 306,000 head, less than four-tenths of 1 percent of the United States' 94.1 million-head herd.

How about the offspring that may have been in the bellies of the imported cattle. And just because some were imported as feeders does not mean they are dead. We have some cows in our herd that were imported to Canada from the U.S. that were imported as feeder heifers but were sold as replacement heifers after they got here. So your numbers could be wrong and you have no way of knowing and neither do your consumers.

OK Tommy we better give in- instead of 4-tenths of 1% of the herd being Canadian it could be 1/2 of 1%..... :roll:
 

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