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U.S./Canada hog, cattle herds contract

The combined U.S. and Canadian cattle and hog herds were smaller on July 1st, 2021 than July 1st, 2020.

The joint report from the USDA and Statistics Canada shows a 1% year to year decline in the combined cattle inventory, with lower moves in most of the major categories, except for milk cows and heifers that have calved, which were up 2%.

The combined hog and pig inventory was down 2%, with a decrease for the U.S. cancelling out an increase for Canada. The trends in the U.S. hog and pig categories were all lower than a year ago, reflecting the ongoing industry contraction, but the Canadian categories were mostly higher, including rises in kept for breeding, second quarter sow farrowings, and the pig crop.

These reports were started at the request of the U.S. cattle and hog industries to provide producers more information about North American supplies.

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