On Aug. 22 USDA-NASS released the semi-annual U.S. and Canadian Cattle report, which reported July 1 cattle numbers by class for each country along with a combined number. It was not a surprise that cattle inventories in both countries continue to decline, because cow numbers in both countries have been declining for several years.

All cattle and calves in the U.S. and Canada combined totaled 113.9 million head on July 1, 2011, down 1% from the 115.1 million on July 1, 2010. All cows and heifers that calved, at 45.8 million head, were down 1% from a year ago.

All cattle and calves in the U.S. as of July 1, 2011, totaled 100 million head, 1% below the 101.1 million on July 1, 2010. All cows and heifers that have calved, at 40.6 million head, were down 1% from a year ago.

All cattle and calves in Canada as of July 1, 2011, totaled 13.9 million head, down 1% from the 14.0 million on July 1, 2010. All cows and heifers that have calved, at 5.18 million, were down 2% from a year ago.

To access the entire report, link here.