• The beef industry includes operations that primarily raise and finish cattle, including feedlots. It employs 11% of Canada’s agricultural workforce, making it the agriculture sector’s third largest employer.
  • Although there’s growing global demand for beef products, dwindling labour supplies will put the industry’s growth potential at risk.
  • Since 2005, the number of beef farms declined by one-third and the demand for labour declined by one-quarter. Yet despite this decline, the beef industry was still unable to fill 3,500 jobs with available domestic labour in 2014. This shortage cost the industry $141 million.
  • By 2025, this labour gap is expected to widen even further, with more than 12,500 jobs at risk of going unfilled. If the beef industry can’t find ways to enhance recruitment and retention, the labour shortage will restrict the growth of this important industry.
  • For more information on the beef industry’s production trends and labour market challenges, download the fact sheet or full commodity report.