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About the Reports

The Sector Profiles provide a statistical and economic overview of the poultry and eggs sectors as well as the beef sector. The reports are based on a number of key indicators such as supply and disposition, prices paid to producers, farm cash receipts and prices paid by consumers at the retail level.

Beef Industry Highlights

  • Canada had 630 fewer farms reporting cattle and calves in 2019 than in 2018. Approximately 60% of farms reporting cattle in 2019 were located in Western Canada.
  • A little over 3 million head of cattle were slaughtered in Canada in 2019, which represents a 5% increase over 2018.
  • Beef and veal closing stocks were 33 thousand tonnes in 2019, a decrease of 21% relative to 2018.
  • On January 1st, 2019, beef cattle inventories were 10.0 million head, a slight decline compared to a year ago and a drop of 14% relative to 10 years ago.

Egg Industry Highlights

  • Canada had 29 more registered egg producers in 2019 than in 2018. Since 2009, the number of producers in Canada has increased by 15%.
  • Egg production in Canada has increased by 39% since 2009.
  • Egg stocks on December 31, 2019, were 1.8 Mkg, an increase of 40% over last year.
  • A total of 46.9 million dozen shell eggs were imported in 2019, an increase of 1% compared to 2018.

Chicken Industry Highlights

  • Canada had 56 fewer registered chicken producers in 2019 than in 2018, marking the first year in five years that the number of producers has decreased.
  • Chicken production has increased by 28% since 2009.
  • Compared to 2018, farm cash receipts from chicken production increased in all provinces in 2019.
  • Chicken stocks on December 31, 2019, were 56 Mkg (millions of kilograms), an increase of 6% over last year.

Turkey Industry Highlights

  • Since 2009, the number of producers in Canada has declined by 4%.
  • Turkey production has averaged 167 Mkg (eviscerated) since 2009.
  • Compared to 2018, farm cash receipts from turkey production decreased in all provinces in 2019.
  • After a decline of 37% in boneless skinless breast meat inventories in 2018, closing stocks increased by 14% in 2019 relative to 2018.

Hatching Egg Industry Highlights

  • Canada had 3 fewer registered hatching egg producers in 2019 than in 2018. Since 2009, the number of producers in Canada has decreased by 8%.
  • Hatching egg production has averaged 714 million eggs since 2009.
  • Compared to 2018, farm cash receipts from hatching egg production increased by 16% in Canada in 2019.
  • In 2019, 127.8 million broiler hatching eggs were imported which represents an increase of 2% compared to 2018.

Consumer Highlights

  • Compared to 10 years ago, food in general cost consumers 29% more in 2019
  • A high proportion of that increase was due to meat, which cost 45% more in 2019 than 2009.
  • Beef prices increased the most of the major proteins in 2019 when compared to 2009.
  • Relative to the previous year, the largest retail price increase in 2019 was observed in whole fresh turkey (6%), bacon (3%) and eggs (2%) whereas whole frozen turkeys and sirloin steak were 1% costlier to consumers.

Reports Available

  • Beef Industry Profile
  • Egg Industry Profile
  • Chicken Industry Profile
  • Hatching Egg Industry Profile
  • Turkey Industry Profile
  • Consumer Profile

Contact Us

To receive a copy of any of the reports, please contact:
Farm Products Council of Canada
Telephone: 613-759-1555
Email: aafc.fpcc-cpac.aac@canada.ca