The Manitoba Beef Producers and Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association are linking beef producers who want to export to the EU with veterinarians who can certify their operations.
“Through the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), Canada has the tremendous opportunity to ship as much as 50,000 tonnes of beef to Europe annually,” Tom Teichroeb, Manitoba Beef Producers president, said in a release. “However, interested cow-calf producers and feedlot operations must adhere to the Canadian Program for Certifying Freedom from Growth Enhancing Products for Export of Beef to the EU, and have their compliance certified by an approved veterinarian.”
Vets must be approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency before they can certify an operation. There are a few veterinarians certified in Manitoba, and Manitoba producers can obtain their contact information by calling the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association at 204-832-1276 or 1-866-338-6862.
Beef producers and feedlot operators can also find a list of approved veterinarians on the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association website. The page also includes other information such as record-keeping requirements and production protocols.