Raising Cattle to be used for Exports of Beef to the EU

Producers and feedlot operators must meet specific production requirements for cattle used to produce beef for export to the European Union (EU). These components are part of the Canadian Program for Certifying Freedom from Growth Enhancing Products (GEPs) for Export of Beef to the EU.

Written Summary: Read a summary of the live animal production protocols for;  cow-calf operators here and feedlot producers here. The french translations below were provided by the Fédération des producteurs de bovins du Québec. EU CCA vache-veau - EU CCA parc engraissement

CFIA Approved Vet List: Producers must work with a CFIA approved veterinarian from industry. Click to view the list of CFIA approved veterinarians for the GEP freeprogram in a spreadsheet. This list is a partial listing only. If you are a CFIA approved veterinarian who wishes to be included please contact us. 

The videos below provide an overview of EU regulations for GEPs, Canada's GEP free program, and information on initial enrollment, on-farm assessments and record keeping requirements for cow-calf, feedlot and backgrounding operations.  The final video addresses so called "mixed operations" operations where some animals are not eligible for the EU.

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Growth Enhancing Products (GEPs) and the European Union:  Introduction to the Canadian Program for Certifying Freedom from Growth Enhancing Products:


Initial Enrolment and Annual On-Farm Assessment for Cow-Calf:  Cow-calf: Record Keeping Requirements:

VIDEOS FOR FEEDING OPERATIONS (includes Backgrounders)
Initial Enrolment and Annual On-Farm Assessment for Feeding Operations: Feedlot: Record Keeping Requirements:

Operations with EU Eligible and Ineligible Cattle: