As Anne Wasko, of the Gateway Livestock Trade places it, right here in Canada “cattle slaughter has been outstanding.”
Following some actually good weeks, complete Canadian harvests hit 72,400 this week, as Wasko explains on this week’s Beef Market Replace.
“Breaking that down into young cattle and cows, the steer and heifer kill is basically 63,000. We’ve only hit that twice this year, and once last year. So that’s a big number for us,” she emphasizes. “Cow slaughter was 9,000, similar to what we would’ve harvested the same week in 2018. All in all, our year-to-date harvests in Canada for all of 2021 is up 12 per cent from last year.”
Wasko additionally provides packers are ensuring that cattle is staying right here as an alternative of the U.S., due to our excessive harvest numbers and a few exterior elements the U.S. packers are at the moment dealing with. The great signal is that they’re nonetheless getting via the volumes.
The opposite facet of this dialog after all is the carcass weights.
“Our steer weight last week was 906 pounds. So that’s below where we were this time last year by two pounds, and below 2019 by nine pounds,” Wasko says. “Cattle are getting moved. We aren’t getting behind. We talked about backlog so much last year that we just aren’t sitting in that same shape. We’re in pretty good shape as we head into the fall.”
Try the complete dialog between Anne Wasko and RealAgriculture’s Lyndsey Smith, right here: