Canadian Beef Breeds Council welcomes resumption of beef and pork access

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The Canadian Beef Breeds Council welcomes the resumption of access for Canadian beef and pork products to China.

“The resumption of beef exports to China is an important step to restoring
access for our world-class beef genetics and live cattle to one of the largest markets in the world,” said Roger Peters, president of the Canadian Beef Breeds Council, in a news release.

Exports for bovine semen and embryos from Canada also ceased this year, after permits expired in January 2019. The council stated that it continues working with Canadian and Chinese officials to restore that access, and it views the resumption of beef and pork trade as a sign that relations are improving between the two countries.

On a recent trade mission to China, it was indicated that China wants to improve beef cattle genetics and management systems to meet changing consumer preferences and land use pressures, the release stated.

The council and its members continue to invest considerable resources in developing the China market for beef cattle genetics, stated the release. China currently has the third largest national cattle herd in the world.

The Canadian Beef Breeds Council represents the Canadian beef cattle seedstock industry. Its members include Canadian beef breed associations, livestock and genetics exporters as well as agricultural service providers.

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