Calgary, AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce Anderson Ranch Inc. of Fir Mountain, Saskatchewan as the 2016 recipient of The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). The ranch is operated by Miles Anderson and his wife Sheri, who received the award this evening in Calgary, Alberta in an awards ceremony during the inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC). The Andersons expressed sincere gratitude as they accepted the award during the conference banquet.
CCA Environment Committee Chair Bob Lowe presented the Andersons with a belt buckle and local artwork in honour of the event.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes today’s news that Canadian beef will once again be flowing to Taiwan. The approval from Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare to resume imports of Canadian beef comes days after a market expansion announcement by Mexico. CCA President Dan Darling said the resumption of trade in Taiwan, along with the full restoration of trade with Mexico last week, is great news for beef producers. “When the border is open, Taiwan is usually one of our top 10 export markets for Canadian beef,” he said.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto met today in Ottawa with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and announced that Mexico will fully re-open to Canadian beef effective October 1, 2016. Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Dan Darling, in Ottawa for President Peña’s announcement, said the October 1 effective date is particularly important in terms of timing as it provides producers with an expanded export opportunity for over-30-month (OTM) beef. “The months of October and November are traditionally the time of year when Canadian beef farmers send most of their mature breeding cows to market,” Darling said.
After months of hearing about the benefits of the Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) program, producers can now see for themselves how validating their sustainable production practices provides opportunity to proactively share their stories with consumers and beef retailers.
Officially launched today, the new, national VBP+ program includes training and auditing for animal care, biosecurity and environmental stewardship along with on-farm food safety practices within the cow-calf and feedlot sectors. Through validating sustainable practices at the primary production level,VBP+ enables producers to publicly demonstrate their commitment to responsible stewardship of both cattle and resources.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) believes the apology issued today by Earls is a good first step. We appreciate their effort to reach out to industry and now encourage Earls to participate in the sustainability discussion through the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. We will watch with interest as Earls reintroduces Canadian beef to its supply chain. The CCA supports market differentiation for beef, provided marketing claims follow Canadian food labelling guidelines. These guidelines require that claims do not mislead or create an erroneous impression, including about the quality, healthfulness, or safety of a product.
Calgary, AB – Canadian animal care regulations and standards, including the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle, can stand up to, and perhaps even exceed, any world-wide certifications or standards. Regulations and standards differ from certifications, which are simply a record of the production practices the majority of Canadian cattle producers are already doing. The vast majority of Canadian beef farmers have adopted the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle (click here to view online at www. cattle.
Calgary, AB – Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Dan Darling is in Brussels, Belgium this week accompanying International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland as she promotes the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The Minister’s mission provided an opportunity to highlight the need to resolve important technical issues for Canada’s beef exporters in order for the sector to realize the full potential of the deal’s trade benefits. "The potential of the CETA is immense for Canadian beef producers,” said Darling, who runs a cow-calf and backgrounding operation in Ontario.
Ottawa, ON – Chronic workforce shortages in Canada’s agricultural sector are expected to continue, with the number of unfilled jobs in the beef sector forecasted to more than quadruple over the next decade. According to the Labour Market Information Study (LMIS), the labour gap is significant, with unfilled vacancies costing the beef industry $141 million is sales (farm gate cash receipts) in 2014.