The price of land is a big barrier to growing the province’s beef cow numbers, but northern Ontario may offer a solution for farmers seeking new opportunities.
“Northern Ontario, where land is cheaper and could work for cows, is a logical spot. There are 16 million under-used acres in the Great Clay Belt,” Beef Farmers of Ontario Vice Chair Matt Bowman, himself a cattleman from the North, said at the 2015 Beef Symposium.
“Beef production has been shrinking in Ontario over the last 10 years. The decline has slowed down if not stopped, but we need more numbers to support our beef industry infrastructure like feed mills and packers,” he added.
Concerned about the future of their industry, Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) launched a project about 18 months ago to identify what’s needed to keep the sector going and where growth opportunities lie.
The goal: to increase Ontario’s cow herd by 100,000 animals. (more…)