July 1, 2014 Livestock Inventory Estimates Alberta/Canada

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Agri-Food Statistics Update - Issue No: LS14-2
Collected from a variety of sources, the Statistics and Data Development Branch monitors statistical indicators of agri-food activity for Alberta. The Agri-Food Statistics Update is designed to provide users with commentary on current issues, trends and new developments related to agriculture and the food and beverage processing industries.  Up-to-date statistics are supplemented with informative charts and diagrams. To gauge Alberta’s performance, comparative data and information are often available for Canada and the provinces.

The estimates present potential marketings (i.e. supply which could become available), based on the size of the breeding herd and imports.  Such information is useful to producers and others when making decisions relating to marketings, pricing, future production, as well as in estimating farm income and farm expenses.

The process involves verifying commodity supply and disposition variables to arrive at ending stocks.  The supply variables are opening stocks, births and imports (interprovincial/international), while the disposition variables include deaths and condemnations, marketings, and exports (interprovincial/international).  Administrative data are used where available, supplemented with some estimates where data are not timely or available.  Hence, the inventory estimates are subject to revision.  Given this limitation, users are advised to exercise some caution when using the estimates. 

July 1, 2014 Livestock Inventory Estimates Alberta/Canada

On August 21, Statistics Canada released the July 1, 2014 inventory estimates for cattle, pigs, and sheep on farms in Alberta and other Canadian provinces.

Key Messages
Cattle and Calves Inventories
  • As of July 1, 2014 cattle and calves on Alberta farms totalled 5.5 million head, down 1.2 per cent from July 1, 2013.
  • The decline in inventory was mainly due to a drop in all cattle classes with the exception of bulls and steers.
  • One of the major factors impacting inventories are strong cattle prices that have provided an incentive for producers to market their animals.
Pig Inventories
  • Alberta’s total pig inventory on farms was estimated at 1.5 million head, up 2.4 per cent from a year previous.
  • Inventories increased for all classes of animals with the exception of boars, which remained flat.
  • Among the factors impacting hog inventories were the strong slaughter hog prices, favourable Canadian dollar and a positive feed outlook.
Sheep and Lamb Inventories
  • As of July 1, 2014 the size of the provincial flock was 201,000 head, down 1.5 per cent from a year earlier.
Other Comparisons
  • Nationally, cattle and calf, and sheep and lamb inventories fell , while hog inventories increased.
  • Alberta currently ranks first in the nation in cattle and calf inventories; third in sheep and lamb inventories; and fourth in hog inventories.
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This information published to the web on September 24, 2014.