Volume 7 Issue 9 •August 13, 2012

In This Issue ...


CCA semi-annual meeting and ILC convention underway

The CCA's 2012 Semi-Annual Meeting is underway this week at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary.
The 2012 event is again being held in conjunction with the International Livestock Congress (ILC) convention.

The week is full of CCA committee meetings and special events, including the CCA president's reception, golf tournament, agricultural tour, and a live auction/BBQ event at The Ranche to benefit 4-H. View the CCA event schedule here and the ILC schedule here.

The CCA will also unveil its new logo for The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) program during the 2012 TESA award presentation on August 15.


CCA VP makes the most of a few minutes with PM

CCA Vice President Dave Solverson made the most of his invite to the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act event held recently in Kindersley, Saskatchewan.

Solverson joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz at the invite-only event on August 1. Although the invite was a personal one, Solverson seized a window of opportunity following the event to discuss several CCA key points on trade, policy and business risk management with the Prime Minister and Minister Ritz, among others.

The discussion with Minister Ritz focussed on trade issues, concerns about the drought in Ontario and how to reduce regulatory burden around the importation of breeding cattle from the U.S., given the widespread drought there.

While posing for a photo with the Prime Minister, Solverson thanked the PM for his aggressive trade agenda and his concerted efforts to get Canada into the Trans-Pacific Partnership. "I only had about half a minute but I took advantage of it," Solverson said.

All told, the CCA VP had about three or four different discussions with the Ministers of Agriculture from Alberta and Saskatchewan as well as several Members of Parliament.

"It was a great political action day for me," Solverson said.


Expanding access for Canadian beef in Japan – update

Canfax Market Briefs

All through 2012, Japan has been making quiet but deliberate progress toward expanding access for Canadian beef to an under 30 month (UTM) limit from the current 21 month age restriction.  The matter is still in the hands of the independent Food Safety Commission (FSC) to consider relaxing both the domestic testing and import requirements.

The review was set back this spring when two of the FSC's regular monthly meetings were used to discuss atypical BSE cases following the California dairy cow in April 2012. In July, at the seventh FSC meeting this year, it appeared they are now back on track. 

The FSC should soon receive public comments on its conclusions, possibly at its September meeting, but public resistance is not expected.  A realistic timeline at this point, barring any unexpected developments, appears to be the FSC making its recommendation in November to the Japanese government to raise the age limit to UTM and then implementation by the government in early 2013.

Some recent media reporting on the process has been falsely optimistic regarding an imminent relaxation of the age restriction.  While the review is continuing, there clearly are a number of months remaining in the process and the understanding continues to be that Canada and the U.S. are on the same track.


Young Cattlemen's Council

The agriculture industry is filled with acronyms and sometimes they can all start to look the same, no matter how brief. A good example is the recently conceived concept of a Young Cattlemen's Council (YCC), which is often confused with the CCA's flagship youth program, Cattlemen's Young Leaders (CYL). While both are CCA-led initiatives for youth between 18 and 35 years of age, there are a few important distinctions.

Launched in 2010, the CYL is an opportunity for students and young producers to gain general insight into Canada's beef cattle industry through events, networking and particularly through an eight-month mentorship with an experienced professional in the participant's chosen field of interest.

The YCC is intended to provide young producers in the industry with an opportunity to gain specific insight into policy development for the benefit of the industry. The YCC is a natural progression of the CYL and while CYL graduates are among the YCC members, the council will be open to all eligible young producers in the industry.

The CCA initiated the development of the YCC in March 2012 as a way to advance the involvement of young people in the CCA policy work. A task force comprised of CCA Directors and young leaders was struck to develop terms of reference for a YCC.

To determine which young producers sit on the task force, the intent is to elect an Interim Young Cattlemen's Council during the open YCC Meeting on Tuesday, August 14. This Interim Council will work closely with two CCA Directors on the Task Force in creating and presenting draft terms of reference to the CCA Executive in November 2012. Provincial representatives will vote to support the YCC terms of reference based on the direction from their province at the CCA annual general meeting in March 2013.


BCRC launches BeefResearch.ca

As part of its long-term strategy to improve technology transfer and knowledge dissemination within the Canadian beef cattle industry, the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) has launched BeefResearch.ca. The new website is a dynamic, central resource for Canadian beef research news and information. BeefResearch.ca enables cow-calf producers, feedlots, veterinarians, meat packers, researchers and other industry stakeholders to stay abreast of the latest innovations and access the information needed to make informed decisions. The website demonstrates and promotes the value of beef research and innovation to a wide range of stakeholders.

The new site includes the BCRC Blog, where readers will find the latest research findings, learn how research connects to current events, and benefit from commentary and information from researchers and other industry experts. Readers can subscribe to the BCRC Blog for email updates and join the conversation by posting comments on blog articles.

BeefResearch.ca will continue to develop as a comprehensive resource for beef research information. Feedback from industry stakeholders will be used to help determine and refine the type of information to appear on the website, in blog articles and in other extension efforts.


CCA Action News

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

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