CALGARY, Alta. — The new season of the Restricted Feeder Cattle Import Program kicked off at the start of October.
The season, which lasts until Mar. 31, allows feeder cattle to move into approved Canadian feedlots from U.S. States deemed to be of low disease risk.
The latest state to be approved to export feeder cattle to Canada is South Dakota, which joins Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, New York and Washington in participating in the program.
The system gives Canadian feedlots access to a larger supply of feeder cattle and benefits animal haulers by providing freer trade and increased volume in cattle between Canada and the U.S.
The U.S. is Canada’s largest international customer for cattle and beef. In 2000, just under one million head of cattle were shipped from Canada to the U.S. valued at $1.46 billion.
During last year’s season of the Restricted Feeder Cattle Import Program, 209,000 U.S. feeder cattle were imported into Canadian feedlots.
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