Calgary, AB – Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) representatives are on hand at the Steaks for Soldiers event at CFB Valcartier today, where nearly 4,000 Canadian Triple A, well-aged strip loins will be served to the troops and their families. Sponsor a Steak for a Returning Soldier campaign organizer Harvey Dann is also at the event, the largest of the four Steaks for Soldiers events held in appreciation of Canadian troops since 2007. Representatives from Canada Beef Inc.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), in partnership with the Canadian Beef Breeds Council, is pleased to announce the official launch of the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) to cow-calf producers nationwide. The launch follows a successful phased-in process that ensured BIXS would be open to cow-calf producers in time for the 2011 fall calf run. “This nationwide launch marks the successful conclusion of more than two years of effort to advance a concept developed by the CCA into the BIXS program”, said CCA President Travis Toews.
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to receive Government of Canada funding of up to $318,930 for a research project aimed at identifying bovine tuberculosis (TB) tests that are more reliable and cost-effective than those presently in use. The funding from the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program will assist the Beef Cattle Research Council-led project to evaluate commercial tests for bovine TB developed by diagnostic companies, and identify those tests that provide a rapid, reliable and accurate diagnosis.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) today welcomed the new International Vaccine Centre (InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan, a state of the art facility that will help build Canada’s critical research capacity in the prevention and control of infectious diseases that bridge animal and human health. InterVac will provide North America’s only containment level 3 facility capable of accommodating high containment, large animal clinical vaccine trials. This will facilitate the development and initial efficacy testing of vaccines under controlled and contained conditions in advance of commercial field trials.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) was a sponsor and participant at the Cairns Group Meetings this week in Saskatoon. The CCA Vice President, Martin Unrau, described the meetings as “an intense set of discussions aimed at expressing the importance that the Cairns Group attaches to realizing global reforms in agricultural policy and significant improvements in agricultural trade liberalization. ”
Particularly pleasing to the CCA was the strong message carried by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz as host of the international Ministerial meeting that agriculture trade rules need to be based on science.
As the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Act (FTA) comes into effect today, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Government of Canada in achieving this important trade agreement for Canadian beef and offal. Exports are of vital importance to the Canadian cattle industry and every new market access agreement presents new opportunities for producers. The Colombia-Canada FTA will provide duty-free access for up to 5,250 tonnes per year of Canadian beef and offal. Canadian beef exports to Colombia annually could exceed $20 million under the agreement.
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates the Government of Canada on its market access agreement with Vietnam that allows for the immediate export of live breeding cattle. The agreement provides Canadian producers of live breeding cattle, goats and sheep access to the Vietnamese market for the first time since 2003. The Vietnamese market is worth up to $50 million. The CCA President Travis Toews congratulated International Trade Minister Ed Fast and the Government of Canada on its latest market access breakthrough to benefit Canada’s beef sector.
Today Prime Minister Harper continued his trade mission in Latin America with a visit to Costa Rica where he announced that Canada and Costa Rica will commence negotiations to modernize the Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement. The current agreement with Costa Rica came into effect in 2002. Unfortunately, access for Canadian beef to Costa Rica was excluded from the 2002 agreement and the 15 per cent tariff has remained fully in effect since that time.