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Canada And U.S. Cattle And Hog Inventories Up From Last Year

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released its combined Canadian and American cattle, hog and sheep numbers for the start of 2017.

NASS says cattle inventories increased by 2 per cent from a year earlier to 106 million head.

It notes the amount of calving cows and heifers to be at 45.3 million head, which is also 2 per cent more.

The department reports the combined number of hogs and pigs on January 1st was 85.2 million head.

That’s a gain of 3 per cent on last year and 5 per cent on the year before.

The number of farrowing sows over the last half of 2016 hit 7.34 million, which was 2 per cent more than in 2015.

The combined total of sheep to begin the year was at 6.13 million.

The service points out that’s a decline of 2 per cent, which is also the same dip seen in the number of breeding ewes.