Calgary, AB – The Canadian Beef Advisors today released a status update on the 2015-19 National Beef Strategy. The report summarizes progress towards achieving the outcomes outlined in the Strategy since its launch. As of June 2018, 15% of outcomes have been completed; 5% are in progress (have an end); 61% are ongoing (and expected to continue); 7% have not been started (primarily due to funding constraints); 8% need modification; and 5% have mixed status (due to multiple objectives at different stages). Target outcomes in the Strategy fall within four pillars: connectivity, productivity, competitiveness and beef demand.
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on reaching an agreement that preserves and secures the duty-free access upon which the Canadian beef cattle sector has been built over the past 25 years.
This is particularly important as we enter the time of year when the majority of beef calves in Canada are marketed. Cattle buyers can feel confident about the long-term stability of the market and compete aggressively to acquire calves.
Calgary, AB - The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program, a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), is pleased to announce the 16 finalists for the 2018/19 CYL term. The 2018 Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) once again proved an excellent setting for the selection of the newest crop of CYL participants. On August 14, with hopes of being named a 2018/19 CYL Finalist, 24 young beef enthusiasts from across Canada gathered at the London Convention Centre, in London, Ontario to showcase their knowledge of and passion for the Canadian beef industry.
London, ON - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce Circle H Farms near Brandon, MB, as the recipient of the 2018 The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). Circle H Farms is a purebred cow-calf operation owned and operated by Brian and Sonja Harper and family. Located in the black soil zone of the Canadian Prairies on predominately sandy or sandy/clay loam lands, the 500-acre operation has undergone successive transformation of animal and land management practices since the Harpers purchased the conventional mixed farm in 1990.
Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program, a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), is pleased to announce the 25 semi-finalists vying for 16 mentorship positions in the 2018-2019 program year. The 25 semi-finalists were selected from a pool of more than 50 applicants from across Canada based on the strength of their online applications, which were evaluated by a panel of judges. The semi-finalists will face the final round of the competition at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC), August 14-16, 2017 in London, Ontario, at the London Convention Centre.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce David Moss as General Manager, effective June 1. Moss assumes the role from Rob McNabb, who is retiring after 20 years with the CCA. Moss joins the CCA at a transformative time in the Canadian beef industry, with the National Beef Strategy positioned to reshape the sector going forward.
Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that David Haywood-Farmer and Bob Lowe were elected by acclamation as President and Vice President, respectively, at the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Ottawa, ON. Haywood-Farmer takes over from Dan Darling, who moves to the position of CCA Past President. Darling had an active term including the launch of public trust initiatives, successfully addressing Ottawa’s proposed Tax Planning Using Private Corporations, and progressing trade and market access priorities, significantly the signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Calgary, AB – International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne gathered with his counterparts from 10 other countries today in Santiago, Chile today to sign the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), also referred to as TPP11. Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Vice President David Haywood-Farmer, a beef farmer from Savona, British Columbia, was present to witness the signing. Haywood-Farmer congratulates the Government of Canada for joining the new trade agreement, which provides beef producers with competitive access to Japan, Vietnam and other dynamic markets in the Asia-Pacific region.