State of the Industry

Beef Production is Declining

Beef production is declining in Ontario, and this decline has a direct impact on jobs and income for the province as well as industry infrastructure such as processing plants and auction markets.

While the current inventory of land being farmed in all of Ontario is just under 13 million acres, there are 16 million underutilized acres that could support beef cow-calf production in the Great Clay Belt alone.

Having sustainable beef farming operations on just one million of these acres will reduce the threat of processing plants closing, and the increased production can be used to access new and growing markets in Ontario and around the globe.

To fulfill production needs, 100,000 beef cows will only take a small slice of land representing 5% or less of the 16 million acres identified as the Great Clay Belt.

Ontario Beef Cow Inventory

Demand for Beef

Globally, income and wealth is increasing. As incomes grow, diets are shifting to include more protein, and globally we are experiencing a considerable growth in demand for beef.

Projected World Wealth Rank in 2017
Projected World Wealth Rank in 2017. China will soon become the second wealthiest Nation behind the United States with growth in income and wealth expected to double over the next five years.
Source: BCG GLobal Wealth Market-Sizing Database, 2013.
Ontario Corn Fed Beef Growth
The Ontario Corn Fed Beef brand has been very successful at fulfilling consumer desire for local quality beef, and demand (for the product) is growing rapidly.