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If Canada sticks to a rules-based playbook on trade mean it won’t get any cake at all?

Comment: Having our cake and eating it, too

The saying about wanting to have your cake and eat it too has always annoyed me. Why would I have a piece of cake if not to eat it? And in order to eat the cake, I must first have it. But shake up the sentence structure, and the saying suddenly makes sense (at least […] Read more

Info for beef producers exporting to the European Union

Management: News Roundup from the February 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

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 […] Read more


Interest in Canadian beef in European Union countries continues to grow and is an opportunity for Canadian producers to produce more EU beef.

CCA Report: Trade focus bears fruit for Canadian beef producers

From the January 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) focus on trade and market access priorities continued to bear fruit in 2018 and set the stage for a sustainable future for Canadian beef production. The events of 2018 created unprecedented opportunity for producers as we head into the new year. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) […] Read more

CCA Report: Trade, trade, trade

From the April 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

I am pleased to report to you as president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). As I take over the leadership of this organization from Dan Darling, who now serves as past president, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for his commitment to the CCA and the significant progress accomplished under his term. […] Read more


CETA at the starting gate

Trade: News Roundup from the November 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

As of October, about 72,000 head of cattle and calves were enrolled in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency program for certifying freedom from growth-enhancing products for export to the European Union at varying stages of production. If they should all arrive at the same time, they would take up a week and a half of […] Read more

CCA Report: A busy September

From the October 23, 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Fall is certainly off to a hectic start, with numerous trade and policy matters on the table. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) annual fall picnic took place on September 26 in Ottawa, following the third round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trade talks. The CCA was among two dozen agriculture groups providing input […] Read more


Comment: Take the long view on CETA

As our Oct. 23 issue of Canadian Cattlemen arrives in your mailbox the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union will have been in force for about a month. Not much has happened since it came into force on September 21, at least as far as the beef industry is […] Read more

CCA Report: Trade front and centre

From the December 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has long understood the important role of trade and market access in securing long-term competitiveness for the beef industry. We have expended much time and money over many years to ensure trade pacts produce meaningful results for beef producers and enable trade to flow unimpeded. As important as securing the […] Read more


Comment: Playing the long game in Europe

It may seem facetious to be commenting on trade negotiations at a time when the bottom is still falling out of most cattle markets but let’s say it’s a long-term view. When speaking of the Canada-EU trade deal, or more properly the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), long term is the only way to […] Read more

U.K. exporter, Jean-Pierre Garnier says he will be on a plane to Canada as soon as CETA is signed.

Exporters remain active as CETA delay overhangs Paris show

From the November 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canadian exhibitors and trade representatives at SIAL Paris, the big international food fair, remained generally upbeat concerning the prospect of a positive conclusion being reached on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the delayed trade agreement which was still being negotiated by the EU and Canada last month. SIAL’s timing, running from October 16-20, […] Read more