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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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Legislation for Panama Free Trade Agreement Introduced

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes today’s news that the Government of Canada has tabled legislation to implement the Canada – Panama Free Trade Agreement in the House of Commons. This agreement will eventually provide duty free access for all Canadian beef products exported to Panama.

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COOL Hearing Goes Well - Long Road Still Ahead

 Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) attended oral hearings of the WTO Dispute Settlement Panel in Geneva, Switzerland this week.CCA President Travis Toews said the Government of Canada presented a very compelling case that U.S. Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) has violated the WTO Agreement.“I am very pleased with the solid preparation of the Canadian team and the professional manner in which they refuted the creative suggestions of the U.S. government,” Toews said following the hearings Sept. 14 and 15 in Geneva.

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Waldron Grazing Cooperative TESA winner for 2010

 Calgary, AB – The Waldron Grazing Cooperative Ltd. of Stavely, AB is the recipient of The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) for 2010. The Waldron, a 54,480 acre operation with a 10,000 head grazing capacity, received the award in recognition of management practices that ensure a sustainable resource for future generations.Located mainly in the Foothills Montane Sub Region and encompassing a large area of the Oldman River Watershed, the Waldron’s innovative stewardship practices focus on riparian management, watering systems, controlling invasive species, rangeland health and wildlife management.Management practices like encouraging the delayed entry of livestock in the spring to strengthen the...

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