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Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Dr. Derrell Peel On How North American Cattle Trade Evolves
Cattle trade between the U.S., Mexico and Canada is part of the increasingly integrated North American beef and cattle market. Cattle exports and imports among the three countries consists mostly of feeder and slaughter cattle, along with small numbers of dairy cattle and breeding animals.  

Over the five years from 2016-2020, an average of 1.23 million head of cattle have been imported from Mexico. These imports consist of 99.8 percent feeder cattle. Imports of Mexican cattle for the January - May period of 2021 totaled 537.6 thousand head, down 11.7 percent year over year. 

Also over the past five years, an average of 27 thousand head of cattle have been exported to Mexico annually. Cattle exports to Mexico have increased recently, with 2020 exports of 32.5 thousand head, up 46 percent year over year. Most of the increase is feeder cattle exports, which represented 65 percent of exports last year. For January to May period this year, cattle exports to Mexico total over 23.4 thousand head, up 400 percent year over year.

Total cattle imports from Canada have averaged 686.8 thousand head over the 2016-2020 period. In 2021, cattle imports from Canada for the January to May period have totaled 242.7 thousand head, down 22.5 percent year over year, with slaughter cattle imports down 15.6 percent and feeder cattle imports down 46.7 percent from last year. Total cattle imports from Mexico and Canada are down 15.4 percent for the year to date in 2021.

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