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CCA in Japan to celebrate expanded market access

Calgary, AB –Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Martin Unrau was in Japan recently, working alongside Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz, to promote Canadian beef and celebrate the recent expansion of access to include beef from cattle up to 30 months of age.While in Japan, Unrau and Minister Ritz met with Japanese meat importers, retailers and other beef customers. “Japan is an important market for Canadian beef with huge growth potential under the expanded market access announced in January,” Unrau said. “This could be a game changer for the Canadian beef cattle sector as we work towards supplying Japan on...

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CCA Statement on sunsetting of biofuels policy

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has long believed that a market-based biofuels industry will enable the cattle industry to compete for feed grains on a level playing field. A recent decision by the Federal Government to sunset its biofuels subsidy in 2017 as revealed in a Globe and Mail news article brings the CCA one step closer to realizing this goal.In addition to ending the biofuels subsidy, the CCA fully supports the sunsetting of federal and provincial biofuels mandates. The CCA’s belief that the market will decide the best use of feed grains in Canada is reflected...

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BIXS Carcass Data Guide now available

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce the release of an important tool in the interpretation of data flowing from the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS). The BIXS Carcass Data Guide helps BIXS users more fully understand how carcass data is collected and transmitted via BIXS along with specific information on what the data means.The guide explains the use of Computer Vision Systems (CVS) and the camera-derived carcass data linked to an individual animal Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) ID tag.

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CCA cheers expansion of beef access to Japan

Calgary, AB – Today, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz announced that Japan will implement an amendment to its beef import requirements enabling Canadian beef from cattle aged under-30-months (UTM) to be eligible for shipment to Japan for the first time in a decade.When the long-awaited amendment comes into effect on Friday, February 1, it will essentially double the number of cattle that are eligible to produce beef for Japan and enable Canada to export on a year-round basis.Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Martin Unrau said the announcement is welcome news that has been a long time coming.“Japan is an...

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CCA pleased with additional export capacity to China

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed today’s news that China has approved four additional Canadian processing facilities to export Canadian beef to China. This brings the total number of approved facilities to seven and should lead to expanded access opportunities for Canadian beef.CCA President Martin Unrau said with the successful approval of the additional facilities now achieved by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Market Access Secretariat, CCA’s priority for China will shift to further expand access to include bone-in under-thirty-month (UTM) beef.“Canada has shipped enough high quality beef to China that meets their current specifications and we can do the...

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CCA welcomes JBS Food Canada, Inc.’s intent to purchase XL Foods Inc. assets

Calgary AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed today’s news that JBS Food Canada, Inc., the Canadian subsidiary of JBS USA, will complete the transaction to purchase select assets of XL Foods Inc., effective January 14.The announcement of intent marks the official entry of global protein giant JBS S.A. into Canada and comes three months after its wholly owned subsidiary, JBS USA, took over management of the XL processing facility in Brooks, AB.CCA President Martin Unrau said the move gives producers certainty that the facility, one of Canada’s largest with the capacity to process 4,000 head per day, will...

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Draft beef cattle Code of Practice released for public comment

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) are pleased to announce the launch of the public comment period on the draft Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle. The draft Code can be viewed at nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/beef-cattle until March 8, 2013. Comments must be submitted through the online system at nfacc.ca/codes-ofpractice/beef-cattle and easy to follow instructions are provided.

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CCA joins Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), in its continued commitment to sustainable beef production, has joined the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB). Like the GRSB, the CCA is focussed on developing the necessary tools to ensure beef production is environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable. The CCA joins a diverse GRSB member base that includes producer groups, processers, retailers, and environmental/sustainability organizations.CCA President Martin Unrau said working with and contributing Canadian research and expertise to the roundtable’s efforts towards improving global sustainable beef production is an opportunity not to be missed.

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