Friday, 20 May 2011

The Beef On Canadian Cattle

Did you know ...

  • as of July 1, 2010 there were               12.57 million beef cattle in Canada
  • 53% (26,500) of Alberta producers have beef cattle
  • Alberta cattle and calf numbers – 5.5 million head (40% of Canadian total)
  • Canada cattle and calves – 14 million head
  • Alberta has 1.95 million breeding beef cows and heifers (39% of Canadian total)
  • Alberta feeds over 2.18 million cattle each year with total annual beef production of over 773,000 tonnes
  • Alberta averages 189 beef cattle per farm
  • Alberta has 21,095,393 hectares of farmland - 
  • 31% of all Alberta farmland is natural land for pasture
  • 12% of all Alberta farmland is tame or seeded pasture land
  • Alberta federal and provincial inspected plants processed 2.4 million head of cattle or roughly 71% of the Canadian total in 2009
Alberta Cattle Industry Statistics - As found by the Alberta Beef Producers
  • In 2009 there were approx. 49,500 farms in Alberta
    • 53% had cattle
    • of the 53%, 41.5% were beef cattle farms
  • beef cattle provide 34% of Alberta total farm income
  • benefits the economy by over $11.6 billion
  • Alberta exports of beef and cattle are valued at approx. $1.4 billion annually
  • in 2009 beef was the largest meat export at 70%
  • in 2009 Alberta shipped 236,000 tonnes of beef, $708 million to the USA
    • live cattle exports at $465 million

For more Canadian beef info check out these links - 
Check out this link for a few videos! Explore Beef with the help of the Alberta Beef Producers!

Have a safe long weekend everyone! I will be at work, the entire weekend, please think of me! :)



  1. Hi! I found this blog post while searching for Alberta agriculture and Canadian beef. Not exactly what I was looking for, but sure glad I came across it!
    It is so nice to be able to see young people, such as yourself, still interested in agriculture.
    I am a high school teacher in Calgary. It isn't too often that I hear students talking about agriculture, much less knowing about it! I don't think people realize just how important farmers are!
    Thank you so much for the blog. I look forward to reading more!
    - Mrs. R

  2. Unfortunately, that is the problem. There are less and less youth staying in the industry, and more and more white hair can be seen working in the fields. That's what the blog is for! To spread the word about agriculture, and to show our consumers and the urban population just what we do and how we do it. If we can portray a positive image of the industry then hopefully we can attract new farmers and enhance the markets!
    Thank you very much for the comment, it is always exciting and encouraging getting feedback!
    Enjoy your last few days of school!