December 1, 2015 - The beef industry is actively engaged in reducing environmental footprints, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, through improvements in health programs, sustainable production and innovation. The International Beef Alliance (IBA), previously the Five Nations Beef Alliance, represents beef producer organizations from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay and the United States. The Alliance represents approximately 48% of beef production in the world. Sustainable beef production is a high priority for the IBA. At IBA’s recent annual conference in Mexico, each member described its efforts to improve sustainability of beef production in its country.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates Justin Trudeau, sworn in today as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister, and his new Cabinet. The CCA looks forward to working with the new Federal Government to develop and implement policies and actions favourable to Canadian beef producers. The CCA is particularly eager to embark on a collaborative working relationship with Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland to ensure the momentum of opening international markets for Canadian beef exports continues.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has reviewed the monograph, Carcinogenicity of consumption of red and processed meat, as published today in The Lancet, which summarizes the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Review of Red Meat and Processed Meats. The Working Group charged with the review classified consumption of red meat in Group 2A, or “probably carcinogenic to humans,” which refers to a degree of certainty of causation. It is important to note that IARC conducts hazard assessments, not risk assessments.
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) will respond to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Review of Red Meat and Processed Red Meat on Monday, October 26, following the public release of the document. The CCA will share its initial perspective on the report’s findings recognizing that these are complex issues where there are different opinions from scientific experts and some additional time will be required to consider this report in a comprehensive manner. At this time we do know that meat’s very significant nutritional benefits are not considered in the IARC evaluation.
The Canadian Cattlemen Market Development Council (CCMDC) is pleased to provide stakeholders with an independent, third party examination of the allocation of the Canadian Beef and Cattle Market Development Fund over its 10-year lifespan. Also known as the Legacy Fund, the Canadian Beef and Cattle Market Development Fund was established in 2005 when the Governments of Canada and Alberta committed $80 million ($50 million and $30 million respectively) to the industry to support long-term market development of the beef, beef cattle and genetics industries following the detection of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in Canada in 2003.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) for its majority victory in Canada’s 42nd general election. Canadian beef farmers have enjoyed much needed profitability in recent years and are poised to expand with the right operating conditions. Despite the positive revenue side of farmers’ operations, much improvement is needed on the cost and availability of inputs to ensure beef producers remain competitive. The availability of labour, competitive market access, financing and funding for research are all top priorities that the CCA hopes to work with Ottawa to address.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) strongly supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement reached today in Atlanta. A TPP agreement ensures Canadian beef producers can improve access to Japan and other growing markets in Asia. Under the deal reached today, Canada could double or triple its annual beef exports to Japan to nearly $300 million. CCA President Dave Solverson called the agreement a game-changer for Canada’s beef industry -- and Canadian agriculture as a whole.
September 4, 2015
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) said the detection of Bluetongue virus (BTV) in beef cattle in Southern Ontario shows Canada takes animal disease surveillance and testing seriously. The detection of BTV occurred as a result of routine testing through Canada’s Bovine Serological Surveillance testing program. Bluetongue is an animal health disease. There is no risk to human health associated with BTV. This occurrence will not affect exports of Canadian live cattle to the U. S. or exports of meat or meat products.