Livestock farmers provide the largest share of Canada's agricultural production. As well as providing traditional varieties of red meat, poultry and eggs, and dairy, producers are expanding into new markets for organic and specialty foods, at home and abroad. Find out more about the three main areas of animal production: red meat, poultry and eggs, and dairy.
Canada's red meat and meat products industry, the largest sector of the Canadian food manufacturing industry, is dominated by beef, pork, and lamb. It is one of the most valuable manufacturing industries overall.
Canada's annual chicken and turkey meat production totals more that 1 billion kilograms, eviscerated equivalent. The poultry industry exports over 20 million live birds per year to 86 countries, plus more than 1 million kilograms of poultry meat and edible by-products.
Canada's dairy sector plays an important role in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food economy. Dairy production generates $5.31 billion in total farm cash receipts and $13.1 billion in manufacturing sales.