Less livestock

Number of cattle farms in Canada declining.

Across the country only 99,265 farms had cattle on-site, numbers not seen since the census of 1931, said Robert Plourde of Statistics Canada.

“Canadian producers had no incentive to increase their herds,” Plourde said. “Grain prices have skyrocketed, there were less American buyers in the fall auction and at the same time the Canadian dollar was stronger, so prices were lower.”

Hog farms and cattle herds in Canada and Alberta have shrunk to their lowest levels in more than a decade as high grain prices and the aftermath of tighter border restrictions were felt by the livestock industry in 2009.

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