Volume 5 Issue 11 • October 11, 2011

In This Issue ...


First CCA town hall meeting attracts great turnout

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) town hall meetings series got off to a good start. More than 80 beef cattle producers turned out for the CCA Town Hall meeting in Prince George, B.C. last week which was held in conjunction with the B.C. Cattlemen's Association (BCCA).

Presentations by CCA executive and managers were well-received by participants, who seized the opportunity to ask CCA officials questions in the informal face-to-face setting. CCA President Travis Toews was pleased by the level of engagement with producers, many of whom are BCCA directors and industry leaders in B.C.

"Producers were asking good, thoughtful questions and were genuinely interested in what we had to say," he said. "This event was a good opportunity to meet with producers at a grassroots level and I look forward to the upcoming town hall meetings," Toews said.

Feedback from producers at the event indicates that the meeting was well-received, said BCCA General Manager Kevin Boon. "Our members left the seminar feeling confident in the work that the Canadian Cattlemen's Association is doing nationally and internationally to represent the best interests of our grassroots," he said.

BCCA President Judy Guichon appreciated the breadth of information presented at the town hall meeting. "It was a terrific seminar, particularly the question and answer session. I wish every cattle producer in BC could see it," she said.

The CCA will hold three town hall meetings per fiscal year, in conjunction with provincial member associations. CCA Town Hall meetings are scheduled for Manitoba and Ontario for the current fiscal year. Sponsorship from Farm Credit Canada (FCC) enables the CCA to host town hall meetings through 2014.

The town hall meeting provides the opportunity for producers to meet CCA executive and managers and hear the latest reports on the many activities the CCA is involved in on behalf of Canada's 83,000 cattle producers. The meeting also provides the opportunity for producers to air local issues of national concern.

The meetings provide updates on current foreign trade issues, the global outlook on beef production and the latest market analysis from Canfax. Discussion includes the latest developments around traceability, the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) and research by the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC). 

Interested producers can learn more at: http://www.cattle.ca/townhall


Steaks for Soldiers Campaign at CFB Valcartier biggest yet

CanFax Market BriefsNearly 4,000 Canada Prime, well-aged strip loins will be served at the Steaks for Soldiers event at CFB Valcartier on October 14. That's more than double the number of steaks served at each of the three previous Steaks for Soldiers events that have been held in appreciation of Canadian troops since 2007.

Previous Steaks for Soldiers events were held at CFB Shilo and CFB Edmonton in 2010 and stem from the original event at CFB Petawawa in 2007. The Steaks for Soldiers event is the brainchild of Manitoba's Harvey Dann, who envisioned the campaign as a way for beef producers to extend their gratitude to the Canadian Forces.

The CCA has been involved in the campaign from the beginning. When the first troop rotation came back from Afghanistan in 2007, the CCA sponsored the 1,700 steaks served to the returning troops of the Royal Canadian Regiment and their families at CFB Petawawa. We were on hand for the 2010 events and will be on the ground at Valcartier.

Dann, owner of Alert Agri Distributors, has worked tirelessly to repeat and expand the 2007 Petawawa event and bring it to all of the major CFBs across Canada. CFB Gagetown and a repeat at Petawawa remain on the 'to-do' list.

We thank producers who have donated funds to this important initiative in the past.


CCA Parliament Hill annual fall picnic lets producers get down to business

MPs and cattle producers from across the country line up to enjoy Canadian beef at the CCA Fall Picnic

Ideal weather and fantastic Canadian beef strip loins combined for an excellent turnout of Members of Parliament (MPs), their staffers and key government employees to the CCA's annual Parliament Hill Fall Picnic. They were joined by 20 cattle producers from British Columbia through to Prince Edward Island - including three Cattlemen's Young Leaders delegates - who were on hand to meet with MPs and discuss the priority issues of the Canadian cattle industry.  

More than 500 people turned out to the East Block Courtyard to talk with producers, enjoy some excellent Canadian beef and listen to speeches from Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz and CCA President Travis Toews.

Minister Ritz took the opportunity to announce funding of up to $318,930 for a research project aimed at identifying bovine tuberculosis (TB) tests that are more reliable and cost-effective than those presently in use.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announces funding for bovine TB research and opening of U.S. market to blood meal from Canadian cattle at CCA Fall Picnic

The funding from the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program will assist the Beef Cattle Research Council-led project to evaluate commercial tests for bovine TB developed by diagnostic companies, and identify those tests that provide a rapid, reliable and accurate diagnosis. Minister Ritz also announced a final resolution in market access to the United States (U.S.) for blood meal from Canadian processing plants.  The agreement removes the last remaining barrier from the 2003 BSE market closure.

In addition to the discussions producers engaged in during the picnic, more than 20 meetings were held with MPs and other key influencers. Producers brought forth policy recommendations on issues including market access priority aims, suggestions for the next budget, including investment in research and market development, Growing Forward II policy suggestions and other issues.

A very large tip of the hat goes out to the Canadian Meat Council (CMC), which supplied the meat for the picnic. The CMC is Canada's national trade association for the federally inspected meat packers and processors. The CCA values its relationship with the CMC and appreciates their sponsorship of this event, which is high on the list of favourites on Parliament Hill.


Attack of the Zombie Ants

The lancet liver fluke is a very small worm that arrived in Canada about 60 years ago. Because it travels by snail, it took another 30 years before it arrived in southwest Saskatchewan. Since that time, the fluke has been found in deer, elk and cattle grazing in the Cypress Hills. Researchers from the University of Lethbridge and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Lethbridge Research Station recently completed a research project that studied the prevalence of lancet liver fluke in cattle and wildlife in the Cypress Hills area, developed a diagnostic test to detect infected cattle, and then looked for infected cattle in the surrounding area. Click here to read about the truly astonishing lifestyle of this parasite, and as well as to learn what they found.

CCA Action News

Staff Contributors: Ryder Lee, Reynold Bergen
Written, edited and compiled by: Gina Teel and Tracy Sakatch

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