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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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CCA welcomes resumption of beef tallow exports to China

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased with the resumption of Canadian beef tallow exports to China. CCA President Travis Toews accompanied Prime Minister Stephen Harper on this week’s official trade mission to China, where Harper and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao cleared the way for Canadian tallow exports. China was the top export market for Canadian industrial tallow in 2002, which is used in soaps, cosmetics, waxes, biodiesel, and lubricants. Canada exported $31 million of tallow to China in 2002. During our nine year absence, China’s global imports of tallow have grown to more than $400 million annually.

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Toews recognized with special medal for dedication to agriculture, farmers and cattlemen

Calgary, AB – Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Travis Toews today received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his ‘dedication to the field of agriculture, and for his support for farmers and cattlemen. ’

Toews is one of 60 Canadians to be honoured at the medal’s inaugural presentation ceremony at Rideau Hall. He received his medal from the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was also at the event, held in honour of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada.

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Canadian Research Shows Negative Effects of Ethanol Industry on Livestock Sector

Calgary, AB – A study released today by the George Morris Centre indicates that Canadian ethanol production mandates are responsible for increasing costs to the Canadian livestock sector by $130 million per year. The study, Impact of Canadian Ethanol Policy on Canada's Livestock and Meat Industry - 2012, quantifies the impact of biofuels policy through addressing a shortfall in existing research. To date papers on the impact of biofuel policy initiatives have examined U. S. policy alone and either completely ignored Canadian policy or assumed limited effect.

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CCA welcomes market access to Philippines

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased that Canadian live cattle will once again be eligible for export to the Philippines. The new market access agreement between the Government of Canada (GoC) and the Philippines for live ruminants enables Canadian exports of live cattle, sheep and goats. Tuesday’s announcement came four days after the GoC announced that South Korea had ended its nearly nine-year ban on Canadian beef and cattle.

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CYL announces UFA as new 2012 Sponsor

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Development Program is pleased to announce its newest sponsorship partner, UFA Co-operative Ltd. As a Foundation Partner, UFA is generously donating $70,000 over a three year period to the CYL Development Program. UFA joins CYL Foundation Partners the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) and Cargill. Funding for the CYL Program is made available through its Foundation Partners. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Travis Toews welcomed UFA’s contribution to the program.

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Return of Canadian beef to Korea a win for Canadian cattle producers

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates the Government of Canada on its achievement of restoring market access for Canadian beef in South Korea. The process to restore access for Canadian beef agreed to last June by the Canadian and South Korean governments has been successfully completed with the final approval letters from Korea received on January 20, 2012. With the receipt of these letters, Canadian beef and beef products from cattle under 30 months of age can be exported to Korea immediately.

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CCA welcomes Harper-Obama Agreements on Border Cooperation

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed the news today that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U. S. President Barack Obama have agreed on a number of initiatives to streamline border transactions and improve regulatory cooperation between Canada and the U. S. The Canadian beef industry exports approximately 40 per cent of its production and 80 per cent of that goes to the United States, said CCA President Travis Toews. “We have an immense interest in ensuring that the Canada-U. S. border operates as efficiently as possible,” he said. Canadian beef and cattle exports to the U.

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