Consolidation of the beef and cattle market in North America includes live cattle trade between Canada, Mexico and the United States. Year-to-date US beef imports were 951,910 heads, down 6.3% year-on-year.

Total cattle exports so far in 2022 stood at 192,415 heads, down 36.7% from last year’s record beef exports. Net imports of livestock from January to July were 759,495 animals, up 6.7% from the previous year.

Cattle imports from Mexico are down 30.2% year-to-date. The year-to-date seven-month total of 488,449 is the lowest period since 2009. As of 2022, more than 99 percent of imported cattle from Mexico will be forage cattle, including 84.6 percent bulls and 15.4 percent heifers.

Year-to-date cattle exports to Mexico totaled 64,226, an increase of 73.7% over the previous year, of which 79.9% were forage cattle and the rest purebred and dairy cattle. Net livestock imports from Mexico decreased by 36.0% year-on-year.


Cattle imports from Canada include both slaughter and beef cattle. Total cattle imports from Canada from January to July were 463,461, an increase of 46.7% over the previous year. This total includes 307,302 slaughtered cattle, comprising 40.1% slaughtered cows/bulls and 59.9% farmed bulls and heifers.

Slaughter cattle/bull imports increased by 13.8% year-on-year and fed cattle imports increased by 28.4% year-on-year. A total of 146,845 forage cattle were imported from Canada in the first seven months of the year, with heifers accounting for 78.9% of total forage cattle imports. Imports of feed cattle for January to July increased by 152.6% compared to the previous year.

US feed cattle exports to Canada accounted for 96.2% of the total 120,594 cattle exports to Canada from January to July this year. This is a 52.7% decrease from the record level of cattle exports to Canada in 2021. Total pure forage cattle imports from Mexico and Canada in the first seven months of 2022 are down 2.7% year-on-year.

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