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Record CAN cattle herd

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Record CAN cattle herd
Canadian cattle herd hits record

Canadian farmers held a record number of cattle on their farms Jan. 1, while hog numbers were only slightly above year-earlier levels on the back of good exports, Statistics Canada reported today.

The national cattle herd has been building steadily since May 2003, when Canadian officials identified the first native-born case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in an animal in Alberta.

"Canada's national cattle herd continued to swell last year, reaching a record 15.1 million head as of Jan. 1, 2005, a little more than a year-and-a-half after the worldwide ban on Canadian cattle," the government reporting agency said. However, changes in herd size vary across the country, with Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia showing the same or smaller cattle numbers this January than a year earlier.

The growth in cattle numbers comes only in the three Prairie provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Cattle numbers 'not unexpected'

The North American cattle and beef industries will closely watch the Statistics Canada report.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is supposed to lift its ban on imports of Canadian cattle younger than 30 months of age on March 7. The American cattle industry is worried that lifting the ban will hit cattle prices in the U.S., prompting industry groups to offer conditional support, at best, for the U.S. government action.

"Canadian farmers had 430,000 more cattle on their farms this year than they did on Jan. 1, 2004," Statistics Canada reported. "This was the equivalent of a 2.9% increase." Elizabeth Whiting, press secretary to Canada's Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchell, said today the numbers were "not unexpected. There is an issue with managing older animals in the herd, which we hoped would have been dealt with in the U.S. rule."


Nothing new here. Not too hard to figure out that a lot of older cows have been held back.

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