Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is disappointed that the United States (U. S. ) Congress has failed to address the mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) provisions that have resulted in costly handling practices for purchasers of imported livestock in the U. S. During the recent efforts to conclude a new U. S. Farm Bill, the CCA advanced several proposals to amend the COOL provisions that would have maintained the core program, thus providing U. S. consumers with origin information, while eliminating the discriminatory effects on Canada’s livestock trade.
Calgary, AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes today’s news of a Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP). The market-based risk management program will help producers in three provinces manage price and basis risk – one of the most unpredictable aspects of managing Canadian cattle farms. The CCA has been working towards a national price and basis insurance program since Alberta launched its own program in September 2009. Under the four-year WLPIP pilot project, producers in British Columbia and Saskatchewan will also be able to access the risk management program.
Calgary, AB - A package of new multilateral rules and trade liberalization has been agreed to for the first time since the Uruguay Round agreements were brought into force and the World Trade Organization (WTO) was created in 1995. This ‘Bali Package’ is so named because it was reached at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference held in Bali, Indonesia. The agreement was reached early Saturday in Bali.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates general manager Rob McNabb, today named the 2013 recipient of the Carl Block Award. The award recognizes McNabb’s contributions to the beef cattle industry and animal agriculture as a whole. CCA Executive Vice-President Dennis Laycraft said McNabb’s contributions to Canada’s cattle industry are lengthy and very worthy of recognition. Since joining the CCA in 1998, McNabb has been instrumental in initiating and implementing advancements in vitally important areas including animal health and welfare, food safety, traceability, biosecurity and disease control and prevention, to name a few.
Calgary AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is extremely pleased with the joint announcement by the Government of Canada and the European Union of an agreement in principle for a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). CCA President Martin Unrau said the CETA announced today is a game-changer for Canada’s beef industry. The CETA provides new duty-free access for 64,950 tonnes of Canadian beef valued at nearly $600 million, with the lion’s share of the quota reserved for Canada alone.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) report ‘Tackling Climate Change Through Livestock, A global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities’, and the two accompanying technical reports.
The FAO report notes the global livestock sector’s contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is considerably lower than previously indicated, even though the new report’s calculation covers a scientifically revised range of environmental considerations. The report also identifies numerous management practices to further improve environmental efficiencies. These science-based practices have long been utilized by Canada’s beef cattle producers.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has granted the Government of Canada’s request to establish a compliance panel in the U. S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute. The request was granted yesterday in Geneva at the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting and the compliance panel was established. The panel will likely be comprised of the same panelists whose finding that COOL discriminates against Canadian live cattle and hogs was affirmed by the WTO Appellate Body in 2012.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) appreciates efforts to connect consumers to farmers and farming practices, provided such marketing campaigns do not misinform the consumer. On behalf of the producers who raise cattle on Canada’s 68,500 beef farms, the CCA would like consumers to know that all beef produced in Canada is safe, wholesome and nutritious. Canada's cattle producers work hard every day to ensure their cattle are healthy, safe and well-cared for. Canada’s beef producers were the first to develop a Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle in the 1990’s.