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Quebec cattle producers join national body

Quebec’s cattle producer group is now the ninth provincial member cattle organization in the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

Les producteurs de bovins du Quebec (PBQ) announced its membership in the CCA during the provincial body’s annual meeting Wednesday and Thursday in Quebec City.

“At a time when new frontiers are continually opening up and our buyers have new requirements, this new membership is a reflection of our desire to grow, and to enhance our ability to face new industry challenges,” PBQ chairman Claude Viel, a cattle feeder and dairyman in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, said in a release Friday.

CCA membership allows the Quebec organization to sit on “pan-Canadian” working committees and access more information on files such as foreign trade, animal welfare, sustainable beef and cattle production’s carbon footprint, the PBQ said.

According to the CCA, its provincial member associations serve as the “communications link” between the national body and cattle producers.

“We are pleased to welcome (PBQ) and look forward to their working alongside all our provincial association members in our efforts to represent Canada’s beef industry,” new CCA chairman David Haywood-Farmer said in the same release.

CCA’s outgoing chairman Dan Darling and director of government affairs John Masswohl attended the PBQ meeting for Viel’s announcement.

Founded in 1974 and known as the Federation des producteurs de bovins du Quebec until 2016, the PBQ represents about 15,600 cattle producers on 11,000 farms in the province through 14 regional syndicates and is an affiliate of Quebec’s Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA).

According to the provincial body, Quebec’s cattle producers market over 710,000 cattle per year, representing farm gate sales of about $1 billion, making beef and veal cattle the fourth biggest livestock sector in the province by value.

The PBQ, in its release, noted it’s now working to prepare a development plan targeting a 50 per cent increase in Quebec cattle production by 2025.

CCA’s eight other member organizations include Alberta Beef Producers, the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, Manitoba Beef Producers, Beef Farmers of Ontario, the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association, Nova Scotia Cattle Producers, New Brunswick Cattle Producers and Prince Edward Island Cattle Producers. — AGCanada.com Network

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