December 21, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Manitoba’s hog herd grew at the fastest pace in the country — 3.1 per cent — over the first seven months of 2013, new Statistics Canada figures show.
The agency said today there were 2.96 million hogs on Manitoba farms as of July 1. That was 90,000 more than at the start of the year, when there were 2.97 million.
It was also a 2.4 per cent improvement from a year earlier, when there were 2.89 million. The year-over-year gain was also the largest increase in the country.
Statistics Canada also released cattle and sheep inventory numbers for the first seven months of the year. They showed there was an even bigger increase in the size of the province’s cattle herd. It jumped by 9.3 per cent to 1.23 million animals from just under 1.13 million at the start of the year. But July count was still down two per cent from a year earlier, when there were 1.26 million cattle on Manitoba farms.
Sheep inventories saw the biggest percentage gain on all, jumping by 25 per cent to 75,000 animals from 60,000 at the start of the year. But the July tally was up only 2.7 per cent from a year earlier, when there were 73,000 sheep in the province.
Nationally, Canada’s cattle herd grew by 9.9 per cent in the first seven months, climbing to 13.5 million animals. The July total was also a 0.1 per cent improvement from a year earlier, making it the first year-over-year increase since 2005, Statistics Canada said.
Canada’s hog count was up 1.9 per cent for the first seven months and 0.6 per cent year over year. Its sheep inventory grew buy 27.2 per cent over the first seven months, but the July 1 total was still down 0.3 per cent from a year earlier.