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CCA REPORTS – for Dec. 12, 2011

In November, Canadian Cattlemen s Association (CCA) representatives met with officials from Prime Minister Stephen Harper s Office to discuss a number of important issues around competitiveness. Country-of-origin labelling (COOL) and Product of Canada rules were among the items discussed. On COOL, we requested the Prime Minister s continued assistance in anticipation of the public […] Read more

CCA REPORTS – for Nov. 14, 2011

As I write this column, I am attending the Five Nations Beef Allliance meetings in Mexico. Cattle industry associations from Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico make up the Alliance. We get together every 18 months to collaborate on common issues, such as international trade protocols, sustainability issues and environmental challenges and […] Read more


CCA REPORTS – for Oct. 10, 2011

Few issues in the Canadian cattle industry today are more controversial than traceability. Rarely has there been an issue where the benefits have been so overstated by some and understated by others. After listening to the debate for some time, it appears clear to me that there is value in traceability from an animal disease […] Read more

CCA REPORTS – for Sep. 12, 2011

Over the summer I ve had the opportunity to meet with a number of producers both informally and at meetings like our CCA semi-annual and convention. Optimism among producers regarding the cattle industry is at the highest it s been in some time. There are several factors influencing the favourable position the industry finds itself […] Read more


CCA REPORTS – for Aug. 15, 2011

Over the summer there has been no shortage of issues for the Canadian cattle industry. On the market access front, Canada reached a science-based technical agreement with South Korea towards restoring access for Canadian beef, the first sign of meaningful progress on this file in eight years. Advocacy efforts for a resolution to country-of-origin labelling […] Read more

CCA REPORTS – for Jun. 13, 2011

As I write this column, Canadians have just returned the Conservatives to office, this time with a majority. I’m looking forward to the stability a majority government will provide. By the time this column appears, the prime minister will almost certainly have named his cabinet and we will be busy again outlining our priorities, policies […] Read more


CCA REPORTS – for May. 16, 2011

The tight supply situation in Canada is creating challenging industry dynamics. On one hand we are encouraged by strong prices for fed cattle and cows, while on the other, packing plants feeling the pinch of reduced supplies are taking steps to control operating costs. In February, Canadian packing plants went to four-day weeks, which is […] Read more

CCA REPORTS – for Apr. 11, 2011

As I write this column, we have just completed our annual general meeting (AGM) in Ottawa. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) annual meeting provides an excellent opportunity to gain a perspective of industry issues from across the country and ensure we have the appropriate policies and effective strategies in place to deal with those issues […] Read more


Cca Reports – for Mar. 14, 2011

In early January, the Canada Beef Working Group (CBWG) released its report and recommendation to create a single independent national beef cattle marketing and promotion organization. The CBWG consists of representatives from the Beef Information Centre (BIC), the Canada Beef Export Federation (CBEF), a Cattle Feeders representative, and a representative from the Canadian Beef Cattle […] Read more

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As we cross the threshold into a new year, it is a good time to take stock of the past year and consider the new. The past year brought an improvement in price fundamentals for cattle and continued improvement in market access opportunities. We experienced some of the most challenging weather to hit Western Canada […] Read more