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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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CCA pleased that Establishment 38 re-listed to export to the U.S., effective immediately

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is extremely pleased to learn that the Establishment 38 processing facility in Brooks, Alberta, has been approved to once again export beef to the United States (U.S.)The re-listing received from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) means the facility, operating under the management of animal protein processing giant JBS USA since mid-October, can now work towards normalizing capacity.CCA President Martin Unrau said the additional capacity will ensure a competitive marketplace for Canadian cattle while the normalization of operations at Establishment 38 will boost confidence in the Canada’s beef...

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CCA pleased with new Growing Forward 2 programs

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed the announcement today from the Government of Canada regarding three new programs under Growing Forward 2 (GF2). The new programs are in direct alignment with the CCA’s key priorities of research and innovation, competitiveness and market development.“These top priorities of the CCA are fundamental areas that help to deliver long-term benefits to Canada’s beef cattle industry,” said CCA President Martin Unrau. “By focussing investments on research outcomes that address industry priorities, the Government is enabling Canada to maintain its status as a leader in agriculture.”Announced by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry...

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CCA congratulates Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal recipients

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce that 38 Canadians will be awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for their significant contributions to the beef industry, their community and their country.Today, 19 Alberta-based recipients will be honoured during the Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) Annual Meeting in Calgary. These recipients will receive their medals from CCA President Martin Unrau and Past President Travis Toews at a special ceremony during the ABP evening banquet. 

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