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CCA disappointed that PI not granted in COOL case; coalition to seek appeal

Calgary AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is disappointed that the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia did not grant a preliminary injunction (PI) to block the implementation of the amended U. S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation. The CCA and its coalition partners will be seeking an expedited appeal to U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn this decision. Unless reversed the district court ruling will allow the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to proceed to fully implement and enforce the May 23 COOL rule.

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CCA supports Steaks for Soldier Campaign at CFB Petawawa

Calgary, AB – Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) representatives were on hand at the Steaks for Soldiers event at CFB Petawawa today, where 2,000 Canadian AAA, well-aged strip loins were served to the troops and their families. Sponsor a Steak for a Returning Soldier campaign leader Harvey Dann was also at the event, the eighth Steaks for Soldiers event held in appreciation of Canadian troops since 2007. “I am thrilled that contributions to the campaign will support this event,” Dann said. The CCA has supported the Steaks for Soldiers campaign from the outset.

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New Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle released

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) are pleased to announce the release of the new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle. The Code is available electronically at www. nfacc. ca/codes-of-practice/beef-cattle. “Canadian cattle producers care for their cattle every day”, says Ryder Lee, Manager of Federal and Provincial Relations, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “What that care entails is not often fully understood by people unfamiliar with livestock production and the practices of the industry in general.

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Beef Science Cluster receives $14 million to direct industry research in key areas

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed today’s news of $14 million in funding for the Beef Cattle Industry Science Cluster under Growing Forward 2. Announced by Agriculture and Agri-Food (AAFC) Minister Gerry Ritz at Soderglen Ranches in Airdrie, AB, the funding supports strategic research that will drive the efficiencies that enable producers to realize continuous improvements, while enhancing overall sector sustainability. CCA President Martin Unrau said investment in research and innovation is crucial to the long-term sustainability of the cattle industry and provides benefits to the public at large as well.

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New Young Cattlemen’s Council announced

Calgary, AB – The first official meeting of the Young Cattlemen’s Council (YCC) was held last week during the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Semi-Annual Meeting in London, Ontario. The meeting followed the approval of the formation of the YCC, an outcome achieved after several years of information gathering and evaluation of a proper structure to tie the council into the CCA. The YCC is pleased to announce the support of Platinum Sponsor, New Holland, which has committed to this initiative over the next three years, as well as Inaugural Meeting Sponsor, JBS Canada.

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CYL announces new partners; offers participants business skills development

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Program officially announced its newest sponsors, MNP and New Holland, at the recent CYL Meet and Greet event in London, Ontario. As a Foundation Partner, MNP is generously donating $70,000 over a three year period to the CYL Program. MNP joins CYL Foundation Partners the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA), Cargill, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and UFA. New Holland supports the CYL Program at the Gold Sponsor level along with Farm Credit Canada. Funding for the CYL Program is made available through its Foundation Partners and Gold Sponsors.

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CCA Statement on WTO compliance panel

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) fully supports today’s request by the Government of Canada that the World Trade Organization (WTO) establish a compliance panel in the ongoing U. S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute. The CCA has encouraged the Government of Canada to pursue this action announced by International Trade Minister Ed Fast and Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz. The Government of Canada’s request will be considered by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on August 30.

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Sandy Arrow Ranch recipient of 2013 The Environmental Stewardship Award

London, Ontario - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce Sandy Arrow Ranch of Saskatchewan as the 2013 recipient of The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). The ranch, operated by Allen and Lillian Patkau, received the national honour today at the CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in London, ON. CCA Environment Committee Chair Lynn Grant presented the Patkau’s with a $1,000 cheque and an engraved belt buckle. The CCA’s national annual award, TESA has recognized the outstanding stewardship efforts of Canadian beef producers since 1996.

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