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CCA disappointed that U.S. Government has filed COOL Appeal at WTO

Calgary AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is disappointed that the U. S. Government has chosen to prolong its discrimination against imported livestock by today requesting that the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body (AB) review the November 2011 Dispute Settlement Panel decision.That decision supported Canada’s position that provisions of mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) discriminate against live cattle and hogs imported into the U.S. from Canada to the detriment of Canadian cattle and hog producers.COOL continues to have a significant impact on Canadian cattle prices, said CCA President Martin Unrau.

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CCA 2011 Annual Report available online

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) 2011 Annual Report is now available online. Click here to download a high resolution PDF (7 MB).Those who prefer a hard copy of the report can contact CCA Communications for more information.Contact:Matt FrenchCommunications CoordinatorCanadian Cattlemen’s Association403-275-8558 x 414 | frenchm@cattle.ca

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CCA Statement: CCA Welcomes USDA plan to implement Comprehensive BSE rule

Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that they are moving forward in their rulemaking process to implement a Comprehensive BSE Rule. The proposed rule will modernize the way the U.S. recognizes other countries’ BSE status and bring USDA practice in line with the system adopted by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in 2006.Canada’s cattle and beef trade with the U.S has already, for all practical purposes, been normalized from the trade interruption following the May 2003 detection of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a Canadian cow.

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CCA welcomes new President and Vice-President during AGM

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) board of directors acclaimed Martin Unrau as President and Dave Solverson as Vice President today at the CCA’s annual general meeting in Ottawa.Unrau, from Manitoba, takes over from outgoing CCA President Travis Toews. Having completed a two-year term, Toews remains an officer of the CCA, and will serve as past president. Solverson is a CCA director from Alberta.Click here to view the PDF in full

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CCA welcomes Minister Ritz to AGM, announcement of additional BIXS funding

Ottawa ON - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Minister Gerry Ritz today came to the CCA’s annual general meeting in Ottawa to announce that the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) will receive an additional $3 million in federal funding.The funds will be used to expand the program to ensure crucial data is incorporated into the BIXS data base. CCA President Travis Toews said the ability to flow more data into the BIXS data base will complete the circle of information, and provide the incentive for producers to participate.

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CCA welcomes new initiative by CFIA to strengthen stakeholder relationships

Calgary AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates the Government of Canada for striving to strengthen relationships between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and its stakeholders through clarifying the agency’s roles and responsibilities during inspections.The Statement of Rights and Service for Producers, Consumers and Other Stakeholders announced today by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz, along with the accompanying six guides to inspections, clarify the CFIA’s role during the inspection process while defining service standards and expectations for the sector.

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CCA Joins Minister Ritz on Mission to Washington, D.C.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) is pleased that Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz continues to place a high priority on international market access for Canadian beef and agricultural exports.This week the Minister’s efforts were focused on Canada’s leading export market, the United States. CCA President Travis Toews joined Minister Ritz in Washington for an important roundtable discussion with U.S. beef industry representatives on how to ensure that our successful cross border trade continues to grow.

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CCA pleased with market access progress achieved during China trade mission

Calgary AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is very pleased that today Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz has reached an understanding with his Chinese counterpart to work towards the approval of additional Canadian beef export facilities and the inclusion of bone-in beef and offal from cattle under-thirty-months (UTM) of age as well as live dairy cattle. The announcement comes one day after the positive news from the Government of Canada regarding the resumption of Canadian beef tallow exports to China, and on the final day of the trade mission led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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