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The purebred cattle sector in Canada

There are currently twenty six breeds of Bos taurus beef cattle recognized under the Animal Pedigree Act (APA) administered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Bos taurus are known to produce high-quality, tender beef on a consistent basis.

The base of Canada’s national herd is built upon traditional breeds of British origin, primarily Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn, and Galloway. Through the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s breeds of Continental European origin were introduced to improve growth rates, efficiency, dressing percentage and cutability. These include Charolais, Simmental, Limousin, Gelbvieh, Salers, and Maine Anjou. Visit our Membership area to view all breeds represented by CBBC. Canada has also developed its own breeds using other breeds in combination, including Hays Converter and Speckle Park.

There are approximately 10,000 breeders of registered beef cattle of all breeds in Canada.

Canadian purebred producers supply seed stock cattle, genetics and related technologies to commercial breeders within Canada and throughout the world.