- There are approximately 60,000 farms and ranches with beef cattle across Canada.
- The average beef cow herd size in Canada is 69.
- There are a lot of small cattle farms with 39% of the farms having less than 47 cows.
- In 2016, Canada produced 3 billion pounds of beef, up 9.6% from 2015.
- Canadians eat 40.12 pounds (18.2 kg) of beef per person annually.
- Canada is the 12th largest beef exporting country in the world.
- Beef production contributed $16 billion to Canada’s economy (2012-2016 average).
The things we do on the farm year-round are to ensure the optimum health of our cattle and our land. As a farming family, we are stewards of the land. What some people may not be aware of is that cattle sustain soil with the nutrients from manure for healthy grass. Healthy grass = ground cover protection from blazing sun, wind, and pounding rains. Cattle are the ultimate manure spreaders. My husband says, “Why would I spread manure if the cattle can do it for me?”
*Note: We do spread manure on our fields, but it is from our young cattle that overwinter in the barn. The rest of our herd spreads manure on our fields themselves, year-round.
If you’re interested in learning more about cattle and conservationists being on the same side of the fence, here’s an article on agriculture and grasslands.
Pride of Producer
Though there is never any shortage of work to be done on the farm, the most important thing to us is healthy cattle, healthy soil, and customers that are happy with the product we produce.
Here’s a quote from my husband, John:
One of the most important things to us is to leave the land in better shape than we received it in.