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CCA Report: Tax and NAFTA

From the November 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

It has been a busy and productive month for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). Tax policy has been one of the top domestic policy issues for the CCA since the Government of Canada’s mid-summer announcement. We welcomed the government’s revisions to the tax change proposal announced in October, as their original plan had the potential […] Read more


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CCA Report: A busy September

From the October 23, 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Fall is certainly off to a hectic start, with numerous trade and policy matters on the table. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) annual fall picnic took place on September 26 in Ottawa, following the third round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trade talks. The CCA was among two dozen agriculture groups providing input […] Read more



CCA Report: Keeping tabs on NAFTA

From the October 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) attended the second round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trade talks in Mexico City September 1-5. CCA executive vice-president Dennis Laycraft participated to ensure the industry’s key objectives were heard. In addition to maintaining NAFTA’s terms of trade for beef, the CCA seeks to improve the flow of […] Read more


CCA Report: Advocacy and recovery

From the September 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

In August, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) held its 2017 semi-annual meeting in conjunction with the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) in Calgary. I am pleased with the continued momentum of the CBIC, which attracted a record 700+ registrants and surpassed that at the awards banquet with more than 800 guests. The CCA had guests […] Read more



CCA Report: Keeping tabs on trade

From the August 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Advocating for resources for the wildfires in British Columbia, preparing for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), achieving equivalent trade access with the U.S. in China are among the priority issues keeping the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) busy this summer. The CCA is making officials aware of the need to address […] Read more


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CCA Report: Our negotiating position

From the June 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The beef cattle business is an interesting one in that there are many factors at play in determining a successful year from a less successful one. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) does a lot of good work to ensure the long-term competitiveness of the industry, including advocating for responsive business risk management tools and disaster […] Read more



CCA Report: Making a place for those new calves

From the May 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Calving time is always a busy and rewarding time of the year. Producers are checking heifers and cows several times a day watching for signs of difficult births, like a breech calf that may require assistance or, in the event of twins, ensuring a mother cow is suckling both calves. These weeks are tiring and […] Read more


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CCA Report: A successful annual meeting

From the April 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) enjoyed a hectic and successful annual general meeting in Ottawa March 8-10. I am always impressed by the quality and breadth of work produced by CCA staff, work which is, of course, central to the discussions that occur at the committee meeting level, and followed by the debates at the […] Read more



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CCA Report: Unleashing our growth potential

From the March 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Those of us in agriculture understand the importance of the industry in terms of economic contribution to Canada’s GDP but oftentimes it seems that clout is overshadowed by other equally key industries. That’s why I was pleased to see agriculture featured prominently in the recent Advisory Council on Economic Growth report. The report, Unleashing the […] Read more


CCA Report: Cultivating relationships

From the February 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The volatility of the cattle market in 2016, punctuated by very large and rapid market changes over the past three years, has left many cattle producers on edge as 2017 gets underway. At present, it is somewhat unfortunate that the extreme volatility has overshadowed the positive market situation. The start of 2017 saw calf prices […] Read more