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The CCA welcomes program announcement for Manitoba livestock producers

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased with the announcement that Manitoba livestock producers affected by the poor 2010 growing season will receive feed and transportation assistance from the governments of Canada and Manitoba. The Canada-Manitoba Feed and Transportation Assistance Initiative will help livestock producers who are facing feed shortages this winter as a result of the extremely wet conditions in the province this year. The assistance, provided through AgriRecovery, was announced in Winnipeg by Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Stan Struthers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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