July 1, 2020
Calgary, AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) applauds today’s entry into force of the new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and looks forward to the continued growth of the benefits of free trade. CCA thanks all those involved in negotiating the agreement and the stewarding of the agreement through the respective government processes in a time sensitive manner.
For three decades, the cattle and beef producers in Mexico, Canada, and the United States (U. S. ) have competed and prospered under the trade framework of NAFTA.
June 30, 2020
Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program is pleased to announce its 24 semi-finalists for the 2020-2021 program year. The CYL Program is a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, which annually pairs participants with a mentor in their specific area of interest in the beef industry and provides networking and travel opportunities tailored for personal and professional growth. The 24 semi-finalists were selected by a panel of judges from a highly impressive pool of over 50 written applications submitted from young people across Canada ages 18 to 35.
May 19, 2020
“The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), along with our North American counterparts, is fully committed to continue enhancing the strength of the North American beef industry under the newly negotiated and soon-to-be implemented United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which maintains open and duty-free trade,” notes CCA President, Bob Lowe. “There is no doubt that we have an integral trade relationship with the United States – we are excellent trade partners – in fact, we have the largest two-way beef trade in the world, and it continues to be mutually beneficial.
May 5, 2020
The Government of Canada (GoC) announced its initial support today for Canada’s beef industry amongst other agriculture announcements. The portion of the announcement pertinent to the beef industry includes:
$50 million in funding for a set-aside program through AgriRecovery, of which the Federal Government covers 60 per cent of costs and the provinces have the option to fund the remaining 40 per cent
April 20, 2020
COVID-19 continues to negatively impact the North American beef industry through market volatility and interruptions to processing operations. A further significant blow was dealt today with the announcement that the Cargill plant in High River, Alberta will be idling operations. While they have indicated that this is a temporary move, the industry must be prepared that this stoppage has the potential to go on for an extended period of time. The JBS plant in Brooks, Alberta has also reduced their processing capabilities due the challenges brought forth by COVID-19.
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is working with industry stakeholders and government to continue to supply beef and keep markets moving in these difficult times. In the last week, North American beef processing capacity has been reduced at a number of facilities due to challenges brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic. For Canada, this includes the Cargill processing facility in High River, Alberta, temporarily reducing shifts starting the week of April 13, 2020. This Cargill facility represents 36 per cent of total Canadian processing capacity.
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada are dedicated to maintaining business continuity including live cattle trade between Canada and the US during the COVID-19 outbreak.
There have been no trade interruptions for all classes of live cattle between Canada and the US or to other aspects of the beef supply chain. All stakeholders are working to ensure that live cattle trade continues uninterrupted between the two countries.
We encourage exporters and importers to contact CCA if any issues arise, so they can be addressed immediately.
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada (GoC) to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring Canadians have continued access to high-quality and nutritious beef products is a top priority in these discussions.
CCA, industry stakeholders and the GoC are working to support business continuity. There are no fundamental changes to the export and import of food and livestock related to the COVID-19 outbreak.