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CCA supports government investment in inter-provincial trade

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) fully supports the Government of Canada’s announcement today that it will invest up to $3 million for a series of pilot projects aimed at facilitating inter-provincial trade.As the domestic market is Canada’s biggest market, removing any barriers to improved trade is a worthy undertaking, said CCA President Travis Toews. Indeed one of the CCA’s principles is free and competitive trade both internationally and inter-provincially.“Increasing opportunities for provincially-inspected processing plants will increase demand and competition for Canadian cattle, particularly in regions which are not in close proximity to Federal plants,” Toews said.The announcement...

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CCA Supports COOL Challenge

Calgary, AB – Representatives of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), led by President Travis Toews, attended the second round of oral hearings examining whether the United States Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) law violates the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements. Held in Geneva, Switzerland on December 1 & 2, this second and final oral hearing is, for Canada, the culmination of more than two years of work compiling and documenting the negative impacts of COOL on the Canadian cattle industry.The CCA congratulates the Government of Canada and its outstanding legal team for the strong presentation it made to the WTO...

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CCA praises duty-free access for Canadian beef in EU market

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) praises today’s announcement that Canadian beef will now have improved access to the European Union (EU) in the form of a 20,000 tonne duty free quota. This issue has been one of CCA’s top market access priorities and we congratulate Ministers Gerry Ritz and Peter Van Loan for keeping this issue at the forefront in order to achieve today’s result.“This is an extremely important step for Canadian beef producers,” said the CCA President Travis Toews. “The European Union is a high income market willing to pay the higher cost of beef produced...

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Beef Cattle Code of Practice renewal takes next step

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) praises today’s announcement that Canadian beef will now have improved access to the European Union (EU) in the form of a 20,000 tonne duty free quota. This issue has been one of CCA’s top market access priorities and we congratulate Ministers Gerry Ritz and Peter Van Loan for keeping this issue at the forefront in order to achieve today’s result.“This is an extremely important step for Canadian beef producers,” said the CCA President Travis Toews. “The European Union is a high income market willing to pay the higher cost of beef produced...

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Beef Cattle Code of Practice renewal takes next step

Calgary, AB – The Beef Cattle Code of Practice will be updated through the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) code development process, in partnership with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA).The CCA views the NFACC code development process as the best option to achieving an outcome-based, science-based Beef Code of Practice supported by all stakeholders. Codes of Practice are national guidelines for the care and handling of farm animals.“The National Farm Animal Care Council process does a good job of bringing the scientific outlook and other stakeholders to the table,” said CCA Animal Care Committee chair Dave Solverson.

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CCA supports Minister’s continued efforts to ensure positive animal welfare

 Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) supports Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz’s efforts to improve animal welfare during transportation. Today, Minister Ritz announced an increase in the maximum fines that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency can issue to violators of the Health of Animals Act and the Plant Protection Act.Dave Solverson, CCA Animal Care Committee Chair, said consumers need to know that the vast majority of animals in transit, and in every day of their lives, are safe and in excellent health. The CCA encourages clear, consistent, outcome-based enforcement of regulations to promote positive animal welfare in transit.“Recent...

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Alberta check-off agreement benefits Canadian cattle industry

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) commends Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, The Honourable Jack Hayden, for his leadership and efforts to unite the province’s beef cattle industry in forging a resolution regarding the $1 mandatory, non-refundable national levy on beef cattle sales in Alberta.“The announcement that the Alberta Government has approved the proposal jointly submitted by the Alberta Beef Producers and the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association will put Alberta back into the leadership role on National Check- off funding for marketing and research,” said CCA President Travis Toews.The Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) and the Alberta...

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Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program Mentors Announced

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Development Program is pleased to announce the industry leaders who will mentor the Alberta participants in the pilot phase of the mentorship initiative.The CYL program, a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), provides industry-specific training and mentorship opportunities to producers between the ages of 18 and 35. This experience will provide CYL participants with the opportunity to explore a potential career choice or involvement with a provincial/national producer organization, while gaining the expertise and business acumen necessary to sustain the cattle industry into the future.The CYL program also welcomes...

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