CCA Statement – Alberta BSE case birth farm - Temporary trade restriction update

Calgary, AB - Today the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that the birth farm of the most recent case (#19) of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is the same birth farm of BSE case #17 detected in 2010. Experience in other countries indicates that multiple BSE cases on a single farm do occur before and also after strengthening feed ban measures. Research into the origin of these instances indicate that contaminated feed remains the most likely cause. The CFIA investigation into the feed records and birth cohorts continues according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) requirements.

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CCA Statement – Age of Alberta BSE case

Calgary, AB - Today the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed the birthdate of the beef cow in Alberta detected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The affected animal was born in March 2009, 21 months after the July 2007 implementation of the enhanced feed ban in Canada. It is not unprecedented to find a small number of additional cases of BSE following the implementation of enhanced feeding measures, as demonstrated by the UK and countries around the globe.

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CCA Statement – BSE in a beef cow in Alberta

Calgary, AB – Canada’s beef cattle industry takes Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) surveillance seriously. The finding of a case of BSE in beef cow in Alberta, while unfortunate, demonstrates the robustness of the National BSE Surveillance Program Canada has in place. BSE is on the decline in Canada and globally. It is not unexpected for cases to be found as efforts continue around the world to eradicate classic BSE. This is an isolated case; Canada’s previous confirmed BSE case was reported in 2011. The CCA subscribes to the World Organisation for Animal Health’s (OIE) science-based rules for trade.

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Cattlemen’s Young Leaders announce 2015 semi-finalists

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program is pleased to announce the 24 semi-finalists vying for 16 mentorship positions in the 2015 program year. The semi-finalists were selected from a pool of nearly 70 applicants, a response which CYL Program Coordinator Jolene Noble said reflects the ongoing popularity of the youth mentorship program. “The program continues to grow due in no small part to the quality of our graduates and their enthusiasm for the program and our industry.

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Industry unites to develop National Beef Strategy

Calgary, AB - The growing global demand for protein has presented Canada’s beef industry with an unprecedented opportunity to increase demand for its beef products. The ability of industry to fully seize this opportunity is not without significant challenges; tight cattle supplies, reduced marketings, and competition for arable land are among the factors to be overcome. Canada’s beef sector organizations have responded to the challenge with the creation of the National Beef Strategy.

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Young Cattlemen’s Council elects new council positions

Calgary, AB – The Young Cattlemen’s Council (YCC) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) last week in Edmonton in conjunction with the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Fall Forum. As part of the AGM, YCC membership participated in a formal election process to fill three-at-large positions and one council member spot. The YCC would like to thank all those that let their name stand and congratulates newly elected YCC Council members:

Laura Bodell – Alberta Member at Large, Rae-Leigh Pederzolli – Alberta Member at Large, Shane Klepak – Saskatchewan Member at Large, and Allen Rawluk – Manitoba.

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CCA Statement on U.S. Congress COOL instructions passed in Appropriations Bill

Calgary, AB – Over the weekend, the United States (U. S. ) Congress passed its annual appropriations legislation that funds the U. S. government for the remainder of the fiscal year. In the portion of that legislation that funds the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Congress included the following instruction:

"Within 15 days of final resolution, including all pending appeals, or May 1, 2015, whichever comes first, the Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with the U. S.

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CCA partners with ViewTrak Technologies to expand Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS)

Calgary, AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) today announced that it is partnering with ViewTrak Technologies, a world-class technology and traceability company based in Edmonton, to enhance and expand the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS). Under the partnership, a new privately-held company will take ownership of BIXS, with the CCA and ViewTrak as initial shareholders. Hubert Lau, Executive Vice-President of ViewTrak, will lead the company as President and Chief Executive Officer and Ted Power, President of ViewTrak, will take on the role of Executive Vice-President.

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