Volume 4 Issue 9 • March 28, 2011

In This Issue ...


CCA Prepares Issues Briefing Material as Federal Election Looms

On Friday, Stephen Harper's minority government fell as 156 opposition MPs supported a motion of no-confidence.

As in past Federal Elections, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) will be preparing information on various issues for the federal candidates to ensure our industry issues remain top of mind as we head to the polls May 2.  Read more in the next issue of Action News.


Progress on EU Market Access

The process to gaining greater market access to the European Union (EU) continues, with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes the course of action from here now signed by Canada and the EU. The MOU inked last week is the next legal step in the agreement announced in November 2010, when Canada achieved improved access to the EU in the form of a 20,000 tonnes duty free quota.

CanFax Market BriefsThat announcement placed Canadian beef on equal footing with the U.S. and Australia, two beef exporting countries that have enjoyed access to the quota for some time. The quota itself was created in 2009 as a result of compensation negotiations between the U.S. and EU for the decade-old WTO Dispute Panel that ruled the EU ban on growth promotants was not scientifically justified.

The MOU is necessary to complete the legal process to activate the TRQ on the EU side and to begin the process to remove Canada's retaliatory tariffs. In 1999, Canada imposed sanctions on the importation of numerous EU products, including a range of meat products, to a value of more than $11 million CAD.

Once Canada has removed its retaliatory tariffs, the MOU foresees that the EU would increase its duty-free tariff-rate quota of high quality beef by an additional 1,500 tonnes until the end of July 2012. The additional quantity will be further increased to 3,200 tonnes for a total of 23,200 tonnes the following quota year which begins August 2012.

Of course, it remains a condition of access to the EU that beef must be produced from cattle raised without the use of growth promotants.

Improved access to the EU has been one of CCA's top market access priorities. The European Union is a high-income market willing to pay the higher cost of beef produced from cattle without growth promotants, but our access has been limited to a small quota at a 20 per cent duty.


More photos from the CCA VIP Reception in Ottawa

The photos keep rolling in from the CCA VIP Reception. Here's a few we thought you'd enjoy.

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Canadian Beef Industry Women Recognized for Excellence in Agriculture

Recipients of the 2011 Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Rosemary Davis Award were announced earlier this month. The Award honors women who are active leaders in Canadian agriculture and agri-food, recognizing their leadership and commitment to the industry.

Among the five recipients are the beef industry's Sherri Grant and Wynne Chisholm. Grant is co-owner of Grant Ranch, the 27,000 acre home to 1,600 head near Val Marie, Saskatchewan.

"I am both thrilled and humbled to receive the FCC Rosemary Davis Award," said Grant, who has been involved in many industry and CCA activities over the years.

The award is especially appreciated, she added, because it is in recognition of her commitment to education. Most recently, Grant published a children's book that tells the beef industry story to consumers. "I'm excited about going to Boston and meeting other leading women in agriculture."

Chisholm is President, CEO and co-owner of W.A. Ranches Ltd., a 12,000 acre cow-calf operation near Cochrane, Alberta. Also passionate about education for youth in agriculture, she partners with the University of Calgary to provide hands-on experiences for veterinary medicine students.


Finalists vie for Spot in National Mentorship Program

Finalists have been selected from across Canada to compete for 16 spots in the 2011 Cattlemen's Young Leaders (CYL) Program.  These young beef enthusiasts will be put through a rigorous selection process during a two day event during the Northlands Farm and Ranch Show in Edmonton on April 1-2.

CYL festivities begin on the evening of April 1, with the CYL mentorship program providing its guests complimentary admission to the banquet and rodeo events. During the banquet, the CYL 2010 Alberta Pilot graduates will be recognized for their accomplishments. For more information on the CYL program please visit www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com


International Livestock Congress – Calgary Student Program

The CCA and the International Stockman's Educational Foundation will be hosting Canadian and international students at the 2011 International Livestock Congress (ILC) in Calgary, August 7-11, 2011.

The student program provides an excellent opportunity for youth in the beef industry to meet industry leaders, learn about current issues, network with students across Canada and the world and perhaps even meet a potential future employer. Last years, 20 agricultural students from Canada and around world were sponsored to attend the ILC student program.

The ILC is on the look-out for students to attend the 2011 program. Individuals who exhibit leadership qualities and initiative, are business-oriented, open to learning and sharing ideas, and passionate about seeing success in the beef industry are encouraged to apply. The program is open to Diploma, Bachelor and Graduate students who are looking to be a part of the industry as primary producers, service providers and researchers. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2011. For more information or to apply go to: http://www.ilccalgary.com/html/student.html


My, What Big Teeth You Have!

CanFax Market BriefsMost predator compensation programs do not reimburse producers for dead livestock unless there is a carcass to examine. But sometimes the first hint of a predator problem may occur when some cattle fail to return during the fall round-up.

Researchers at the University of Alberta used new and improved tracking technology to reveal unsettling new information about the dining habits of wolves. The results of this study have implications for predator compensation programs and producers' deadstock disposal practices.

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CCA Action News

Staff Contributors: John Masswohl, Reynold Bergen, Jill Harvie
Written, edited and compiled by: Gina Teel and Tracy Sakatch

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