Cattle Industry

CATTLE INDUSTRY in BC contributes an estimated $1.4 billion to the economy and supports about 12,000 jobs. In 2002 there were 245,000 beef cows in the province, 5.7% of the total Canadian herd.

The HBC first brought cattle to NEW CALEDONIA in the 1830s to feed employees at its trading posts in the Interior, but the cattle industry did not begin until the wholesale importation of cattle, mainly from Oregon, during the GOLD RUSH years, 1858–68. Cattle in western Oregon were a mix of California...

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