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CCA Reports – for Apr. 5, 2010

Brad Wildeman is president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association reports It is with mixed emotions that I write this last column as the president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. My two-year term as president has been nothing short of an incredible experience — one that allowed me the opportunity to learn much about what makes […] Read more

CCA REPORTS – for Feb. 8, 2010

Brad Wildeman is president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association As I’m sure you’re aware, there’s been a lot of back and forth from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) with regards to delisting bar code tags and the deadline to do so — as it has now been postponed. Judging by the number of phone […] Read more


CCA Reports – for Jan. 4, 2010

Brad Wildeman is president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association At the time of writing, the 15th United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Officials are working to agree to a new climate treaty as a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. Though the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by […] Read more

CCA Reports – for Dec. 7, 2009

Brad Wildeman is president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association In my past few articles, I’ve been talking a lot about Canada’s beef and cattle industry competitiveness and the number of challenges we face that ultimately lower our competitive advantage. Left unchecked, feedlots and packing plants will diminish, greater numbers of cattle will be fed and […] Read more


CCA REPORTS – for Nov. 9, 2009

Brad Wildeman is president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association In my last column, I talked about increasing the competitiveness of our beef and cattle industry to be, at minimum, on par with the United States (U.S.). Early in October, we welcomed the Government of Canada’s announced intention to request that the World Trade Organization (WTO) […] Read more

CCA REPORTS – for Oct. 5, 2009

Brad Wildeman is president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association It’s become increasingly apparent that our once level, competitive footing with the United States has evaporated. In our single-minded quest to do everything imaginable to re-establish trust with our customers, we’ve lost our ability to compete in the North American cattle industry. The bottom line is […] Read more


CCA REPORTS – for Sep. 7, 2009

Brad Wildeman is president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Highlights from our national convention and semi-annual meetings In August, the industry gathered in Regina for our semi-annual meetings and annual convention focused on “Conquering Market Challenges.” Delegates heard the latest on the Canadian Beef Advantage, the new Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS), slated for rollout this […] Read more

CCA Reports – for Aug. 10, 2009

Brad Wildeman is president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association As most of you probably know, Canada’s Federal/Provincial/Territorial (FPT) Agriculture Ministers met in early July. We followed these proceedings closely and have a very mixed response at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) on what was discussed and decided upon during this day-long meeting. Saying the Canadian […] Read more


CCA REPORTS – for Jun. 8, 2009

Brad Wildeman is president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association In these challenging times producers are asking more questions about leadership in the industry and how their hard-earned money is being used to represent their interests. At the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), we recognize that we need to communicate more about all the important activities we […] Read more

CCA Reports – for May. 14, 2009

It was that time of year again as the CCA held its 2009 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Ottawa, Ontario from March 16-20. Unfortunately this AGM saw Tony Saretsky step down as the CCA vice-president. However, Travis Toews will replace him and I look forward to working with Travis in my final year as President. […] Read more