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CCA Statement on CAPI report

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed today’s report from the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute, Canada’s Beef Food System – a roadmap for dialogue on strategy, and looks forward to discussing it with our members and at the next Beef Value Chain Roundtable. The CCA is working on many of the areas identified in the report to advance the competiveness of the beef cattle sector and the business climate for all members of the Canadian beef cattle industry.

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CCA congratulates 2012 TESA recipient

Calgary, AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce Christoph and Erika Weder of Spirit View Ranch as the 2012 recipient of The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA).  
TESA is a national award that recognizes excellence in sustainable management and conservation practices that ensure a viable future for Canada’s beef cattle industry. TESA is presented annually to a beef cattle operation that exemplifies the initiatives that producers across the country undertake to preserve and care for their land.

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Beefing-Up Biosecurity on Canadian Farms: Release of a National Beef Biosecurity Standard

Ottawa: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) are releasing a national biosecurity standard to strengthen Canada’s beef sector. The standard outlines on-farm practices designed to minimize the introduction and control the spread of endemic, emerging, and foreign infectious diseases in the Canadian herd. Click here to read the story in full.

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Harper Government Secures Full Market Access for Beef to the United Arab Emirates

Ottawa, Ontario, August 2, 2012 - Canadian beef producers will immediately benefit from full market access to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The announcement was made today by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast. With the expanded market access to beef from animals over 30 months of age, the UAE has now fully re-opened its door to Canadian world-class beef. "The UAE is the first country in the Gulf Cooperation Council region to resume full access to our high-quality beef and this is a significant milestone for Canadian beef producers", said Minister Ritz.

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WTO Appellate Body confirms COOL discriminates

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased with today’s decision by the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body regarding mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL). The Appellate Body confirmed the most important part of the WTO Dispute Panel decision of November 2011 that the U. S. COOL legislation discriminates against Canadian livestock in the U. S. market.

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CCA applauds Canada’s acceptance into the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) strongly supports Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement today that Canada has been accepted to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Canada is now the 11th country to be included in the negotiations, with the application from Japan remaining pending. CCA President Martin Unrau applauded the Prime Minister for this achievement, announced at the G-20 meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico. “The Canadian beef industry is highly export dependent and we thank the Prime Minister for taking action that will increase market access,” Unrau said.

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CCA focussed on Canada-Korea free trade agreement

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased that the Government of Canada has resolved the beef market access issue with Korea and terminated the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Panel. We call on both Governments to continue their dialogue with the objective to concluding the Canada-Korea free trade agreement (FTA). “Korea is an important market for Canadian cattle producers,” said CCA President Martin Unrau. “We appreciate the efforts of International Trade Minister Ed Fast and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and cheer their ongoing progress towards restoring market access for high quality Canadian beef. ”

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CCA pleased with restored access to Peru for Canadian beef

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased with today’s Government of Canada announcement regarding the re-opening of Peru for Canadian beef. Effective immediately, Peru has approved the importation from Canada of all beef and offals from cattle under 30 months of age, plus boneless beef and offals from cattle over 30 months of age. Since the closure of nearly all of Canada’s beef export markets in 2003, the CCA has worked with the Government of Canada to re-open markets.

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