Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program is pleased to announce Zoetis as its newest Foundation Partner. Through this partnership, the global animal health company, already dedicated to supporting veterinarians, animal producers and their businesses, is now supporting the next generation of Canadian beef producers. Zoetis will enrich the knowledge and experiences of CYL program participants through providing opportunities to learn more about livestock welfare and health management in concert with experiences that develop valuable leadership skills.
Calgary, AB – International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne confirmed this morning that two days of negotiations in Tokyo have concluded in agreement that he will travel to Chile in early March to sign the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), also referred to as TPP11. Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Dan Darling, a beef farmer from Castleton, Ontario, congratulates the Government of Canada for joining the new trade agreement, which provides beef producers with competitive access to Japan and dynamic markets in the Asia-Pacific region.
Calgary, AB – Japan is strongly signaling that it wants to move forward quickly with the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), aka TPP11. This will be an extremely positive development for Canada’s entire beef sector, if Canada chooses to be part of the agreement. The CPTPP is a massive opportunity for Canada’s beef sector, particularly in the Japanese market. Japan imported US$3. 8 billion of beef in 2016. Canada was the fourth largest beef supplier to Japan with $115 million, behind Australia ($1. 8 billion), United States ($1. 6 billion), and New Zealand ($163 million).
Calgary, AB - The Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is taking place from 10 to 13 December 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With numerous challenges confronting the global trade environment, members of the International Beef Alliance (IBA) continue to urge Ministers to agree on a path to achieve meaningful trade reforms that lead to liberalization of the global trading environment, while protecting beef producers’ livelihoods. In this regard, we strongly encourage Ministers to reduce or eliminate the use of trade-distorting agricultural subsidies (amongst other production and market distorting measures).
Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program is pleased to announce the mentors for the 2017-18 year. In keeping with the exceptional mentoring opportunities the program is known for, the selected industry experts will provide a wealth of knowledge and experience to the 16 finalists to be mentored this year. The 2017-2018 Mentors and Mentees are:
Taylor Grafton (BC) & Mentor Mike Munton
Allan Hjertaas (AB) & Mentor John Griswold
Andrea Haywood-Farmer (BC) & Mentor Emily Murray
Melissa Lee (AB) & Mentor Clint Morasch
Alecia Karapita (BC) & Mentor Rob Smith
Cale Toews (AB) & Mentor Dr.
Calgary, AB – Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Vice President David Haywood-Farmer was in Beijing today with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne as some long awaited and very welcome news for Canadian beef producers was delivered. Building on the work achieved during Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay’s recent agricultural trade mission to China, Prime Minister Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced agreement to expand access for Canadian beef into China. China will allow the importation of Canadian fresh-chilled beef in a pilot project, and establish the documentation to enable bone-in beef trade.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is encouraged by the significant progress made at the Ministerial meeting of the 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries in Da Nang, Vietnam this week. Although it was hoped an agreement would be reached today, the complexities of the negotiations are such that additional work will be required before the trade deal can be concluded. It is the CCA’s hope that negotiations resume quickly to maintain the momentum achieved this week.
Members of the International Beef Alliance (IBA), comprising the cattle producer organizations from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, and the United States, met in Paraguay from 15-20 October 2017. With numerous challenges confronting the global trade environment, the Alliance reconfirmed its commitment to trade reform and liberalization, sustainable beef production and ensuring confidence amongst global beef consumers – principles which are vital to all members (who represent over 60 percent in volume of all global beef trade).