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Slaughter Numbers

Federally Inspected Bison Harvested

The table below indicates that Canadian bison harvest increased substantially after the discovery of BSE in a beef cow in 2004. Post BSE, as the border restrictions were removed federal harvesting declined and was stable 2006- 2009. After that point federal slaughter declines as a greater proportion of the animals were exported to the U.S. markets.


Provincially Inspected Bison Slaughter

Provincially inspected bison harvesting has been declining as federally harvested bison are made available to a larger market. Also a proportionately larger number of bison have been sold to premium markets in the EU.

Canadian Bison Slaughter Numbers

Year Federally Inspected
Slaughter
Provincially Inspected
Slaughter
Total Canadian
Slaughter
2002 17,579 5,189 22,768
2003 23,483 6,216 29,699
2004 28,276 6,594 34,870
2005 22,504 7,056 29,560
2006 19,040 6,595 25,635
2007 19,731 6,248 25,979
2008 19,334 4,652 23,986
2009 19.097 4,068 23,165
2010 15,602 3,433 19,035
2011 10,504 2,544 13,048
2012 11,328 2,259 13,587
2013 11,586 2,820 14,406
2014 11,854 2,517 14,371
2015 12,027 2,159 14,186
2016 9,993 1,598 11,591
2017 9,369 1,517 10,886
2018 8,530 1,450 9,980
2019 8,214 1,411 9,625
2020 5,853 2,006 7,859
2021 7,726 2,522 10,248
2022 8,264 2,338 10,602

Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada