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Source: Barbara Duckworth, Producer.com, January 9, 2020

Canadians may be eating less beef, but offshore customers are hungry for more.

Canadian per capita consumption is about 17.6 kilograms retail weight but exports to Japan were record high in 2018, thanks in part to a favourable trade agreement where tariffs are being reduced, said Ron Glaser of Canada Beef.

While the national herd is not growing, increased imports of United States feeder cattle keep feedlots full and packing plants running at capacity.

“The cattle herd has been flat and our ability to grow domestic production and exports comes from the importation of feeder cattle,” he said.

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