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Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Gerry Ritz.

CCA Report: A COOL victory for Canadian beef producers

From the June 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

On May 18, in a historic and decisive victory for Canada’s cattle industry, the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a fourth and final ruling confirming that U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) discriminates against U.S. imports of Canadian cattle and hogs. The ruling effectively ends the eight-year legal battle initiated by the […] Read more

Demand for ground beef is unprecedented and gourmet hamburger chains are popping up across North America.

CCA Report: An update on Canada’s beef trade

From the May 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Calving season is well underway and I am feeling very optimistic about the future. Prices, which seem to reach new market highs for all classes of cattle each week, are part of the reason. A global shortage of beef, largely due to prolonged and widespread drought, has pushed the U.S. cattle herd to a 50-year […] Read more


The CCA fully expects that the WTO will once again rule in Canada’s favour, namely that COOL causes discrimination against imports of live cattle and hogs into the U.S. marketplace.

CCA Report: COOL decision set for May

2015 CCA annual general meeting sees president and vide-president affirmed by acclamation

March was a busy month with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) 2015 annual general meeting (AGM) in Ottawa. I am pleased to report that myself and vice-president Dan Darling were acclaimed to our roles for another year. It is a great honour and tremendous privilege to serve the CCA and I thank the board for […] Read more

Washington trip encouraging

In February, I travelled to Washington, D.C. along with Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) staff and Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson. The purpose of the February 2-4 trip was to meet with key leaders in the new U.S. Congress and to encourage them to seek […] Read more



COOL needs the right fix

The end of 2014 is fast approaching but there’s no slowing down for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). The Canadian cattle industry remains fluid and dynamic with much activity in the areas of trade and market access, and the CCA is at the table working on behalf of Canada’s 68,500 beef operations. November and December […] Read more


U.S. mid-term elections may factor positively in achieving a favourable legislative resolution of COOL.

U.S. election may fix COOL

It’s been a busy month for cattlemen generally. The good fall weather has allowed producers including myself to wean calves and get them settled for winter or marketed at record high prices. I’m hearing the demand and competition for feeders has been very strong. That is great for producers who market the majority of their […] Read more

CCA Report: Texas trip

The Five Nations Beef Alliance annual meeting was productive

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) was out in force at the Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) annual meeting, which brings together cattle producer leaders from Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Joining me on the mid-October trip were CCA past-president Martin Unrau, executive vice-president Dennis Laycraft and director international and government affairs John […] Read more


Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and South Korea's President Park Geun-hye at the signing of the two countries' free trade pact.

Trade and labour issues

Canada-Korea free trade agreement, access to workers needed, CETA, and COOL

What a hectic few weeks it has been, with harvest on the go at home, lobbying activities to lead and significant progress being made on trade files with huge potential for Canada’s beef cattle industry. These new opportunities come at a time when most producers are thinking about next year’s business plan. Much like the […] Read more

Positive development in Canada’s beef industry

CCA Report: Canada-EU trade advances, COOL at the WTO, and BSE surveillance

As I reflect on a busy August full of Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) business and begin planning for harvest, I am struck by a few welcome developments in Canada’s beef industry that are far from business as usual. Cattle prices continue to hold strong, giving cow-calf producers an opportunity to sell into a hot market […] Read more