Hog Numbers Up, Cattle Numbers Down

Another Statistics Canada report released on Aug. 20 showed that the hog inventory is increasing in Canada, and so is hog slaughter. While the number of hog farms in Canada has gone down slightly, hog populations have gone up about one percent from last year.
Canada exported almost three million head in the first half of the year, which is more than 17 percent higher than 2014. Hog slaughter also increased in Canada during the same time frame, up three percent from last year. The U.S. has also seen a strong demand for hogs, with an increase in slaughter this year as well.
Meanwhile, the Canadian cattle inventory continues to shrink. On July 1, Canadian farmers had 13 million head on their farms, which is down about 2 percent from last year, and down 23 percent from a decade ago.
Dairy cow and heifer numbers are also down from last year.