Volume 1 Issue 1 | September 22, 2009

In This Issue ...

CCA Action News Launch

Welcome to the first issue of CCA’s Action News – our new bi-weekly newsletter. Recognizing the increased need for timely information, the CCA changed from the monthly report format to this new edition. We look forward to hearing from you. Please give us your feedback. Let us know what you want to read. Our goal is to keep you up-to-date with the latest issues that matter most to you.

Alberta's Cattle Price Insurance Program launched - and what this means for a national program

Alberta’s Cattle Price Insurance Program (CPIP) was launched on September 9, 2009.

The CPIP is designed to provide price and/or basis risk management for cattle fed in Alberta. Feeders are able to buy coverage price levels or basis spreads, in Canadian dollars, directly through the AFSC (Agriculture Financial Services Corporation) website.

The coverage levels are calculated three times per week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. While AFSC is administering the program, the Alberta and Federal governments are not contributing to premiums in CPIP.

The CCA is lobbying federal and provincial governments to develop an effective and affordable national price and basis insurance program for cattle producers. As this work continues, we will be monitoring the Alberta program.

For more information on CPIP, go to www.afsc.ca and click on “Risk Management”.

Election issues for Canada’s beef cattle industry

This fall, if the Federal Government is dissolved and Canadians return to the polls for another election, the CCA will be ready.

As in the previous elections, we will prepare a document outlining the significant federal issues for candidates and the actions that the cattle industry wants taken. Cattle producers are encouraged to download the document from our website (www.cattle.ca) and use it when speaking to candidates in your riding.

We will also provide all federal parties an opportunity to go on the record on each of the issues important to the cattle sector and will publish their responses on the CCA website.

In the meantime, check back regularly on our homepage for the latest developments on issues and tips for speaking to your Member of Parliament (MP) at www.cattle.ca. On the homepage, click on ‘Talking to Your MP’. It also provides contact information for MPs and more information on the federal government and links to the various ministries and parliamentary ‘Standing Committees’.

Industry’s top issues focus of interactive Picture Butte meeting

On August 25th, the CCA hosted a night with feedlot owners, in Picture Butte, Alberta, to discuss the top issues currently facing Canada’s beef cattle industry. Approximately 40 producers and industry members attended the successful, face-to-face meeting. Guest speakers included Andrea Brocklebank, CanFax Research Manager, Larry Thomas, National Co-ordinator of BIXS (Beef Info Xchange System) and the Canadian Beef Advantage, plus Brad Wildeman, CCA President.

The evening’s discussions focused on the long list of current issues and projects that the CCA and its provincial member associations tackle regularly, including:

Career opportunity - CanFax Senior Market Analyst

The position
As Senior Market Analyst you will be responsible for overseeing the business development and operations of the Canfax division including staff supervision, budgets and membership services. The Senior Market Analyst provides market analysis services to Canfax members, oversees the publication of weekly and special reports, manages data analysis and requests, undertakes speaking engagements, plus responds as industry spokesperson for media inquiries.

This position offers an opportunity for the candidate to provide leadership to a dedicated staff and service to the Canadian beef cattle industry in market intelligence and analysis. Travel in Canada and the western U.S. will be required.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association offers a competitive compensation and benefits package and flexibility in working conditions conducive to the performance requirements.

What is CanFax?
Canfax is Canada’s source for cattle market information. A division of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Canfax has provided expert analysis of markets in trends in the ever-changing North American beef industry for over 30 years. Cattlemen, feedlot managers and agri-business professionals rely on up-to-the-minute information as an essential tool for maximizing profit in today’s beef sector.

To apply, submit your resume to:

Rob McNabb

General Manager Operations

Canadian Cattlemen's Association

Email: mcnabbr@cattle.ca

Telephone: 403-275-8558

Fax: 403-274-5686

#310, 6715 – 8th St. NE

Calgary AB T2E 7H7

Visit our website at www.cattle.ca for more information.

Columbia accepts Canadian beef of all ages

Last week the Government of Canada announced that Colombia will restore full access for Canadian beef from cattle of all ages. This announcement builds on Colombia’s decision, in May 2009, to partially re-open its border to Canadian beef. CCA is very pleased that Colombia has taken this further decision toward fully restoring Canada’s beef access.

The Colombian market is estimated to be worth approximately $6 million for Canadian beef products, plus $1 million for Canadian livestock and genetics exports. According to the Federal Government, exports will resume once valid certificates are agreed with the Colombian government.

CCA Action News

Staff Contributors: Ryder Lee, John Masswohl, Andrea Brocklebank, Jill Harvie
Written by: Natalie Arnieri
Edited by: Sharon Jensen

For more information, contact:
CCA Communications at ‘feedback@cattle.ca’ or visit our website at www.cattle.ca

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association – National voice for 90,000 Canadian Beef Cattle Producers

Head office:
Ste. 310, 6715 8th Street NE, Calgary, AB   T2E 7H7
Phone: 403.275.8558   Fax: 403.274.5686

Ottawa office:
1207, 350 Sparks Street, Ottawa, ON   K1R 7S8
Phone: 613.233.9375   Fax: 613.233.2860