Calgary, AB – International trade in beef, sustainable beef production and development of opportunities for young producers were among the priorities that the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) advanced at the annual Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) conference in Cairns, Australia this week.
CCA President Martin Unrau led Canada’s participation in the annual conference of the leaders of the beef cattle producer organizations from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. CCA’s Vice President Dave Solverson, Young Cattlemen’s Council (YCC) member Jake Meyer and Cattlemen’s Young Leader (CYL) participant Debra Murphy also participated along with CCA staff John Masswohl.
The key action item was the signing of a position statement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. “International market access is the lifeblood of the Canadian cattle industry and that view is strongly shared by our Five Nations Beef Alliance partners,” said Unrau. The agreed statement calls for a comprehensive TPP agreement without product exclusions, especially in agriculture, and calls for all tariffs and other market access barriers to be eliminated in the TPP region.