Category Archives: News Article

Lack of rain may force cattle to market

June 13, 2015

Jeff Warrack, a director of the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, agreed with Perillat’s assessment of the situation. He believes the cattle sector will not experience the growth that was anticipated after several years of contraction. “Certainly we thought that maybe the bottom was in, now we’re not quite so sure,” said Warrack.

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High beef prices to stay for years to come, says Guelph analyst

June 8, 2015

“Beef is going to be high and it’s going to stay high,” Kevin Grier, a Guelph, Ont.-based independent consultant who analyses the price of livestock, meat and groceries, said in a phone interview. Beef consumers will likely feel the price shock for quite a while, Grier adds. He says it will take farmers years to rebuild North American herd levels, which are at historic lows.”

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Statement by Canada and Mexico on U.S. Country of Origin Labelling

May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, jointly with Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, and Enrique Martínez y Martínez, Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, today issued the following statement on the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) latest and final ruling on the United States’ Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) measure:

“Once again, the WTO has confirmed Canada and Mexico’s long-standing position that the United States’ mandatory COOL requirements for beef and pork are blatantly protectionist and are a violation of the United States’ international trade obligations.

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Regulatory consultation on traceability

May 13, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is advancing proposed amendments to Part XV (Animal Identification) of the Health of Animals Regulations through a second round of stakeholder consultations. The proposed amendments consist mainly of requirements for identifying and reporting the movement of bison, bovine, caprine, cervid, ovine and pigs. The authority for the proposed amendments is provided under the Health of Animals Act.

This second round of consultation is launched today with an anticipated end date of 26 June 2015. Comments on the proposed requirements together with responses to questions raised during the consultation are to be submitted to the following email address:

Please click on links below to view the following consultation documents:

1- Executive Summary of Consultation documents

2- Overview on a federal livestock identification and traceability regulatory proposal. Second round of consultation: Consultation paper

3- Livestock identification and traceability regulatory proposal. Reference document for second round of consultations

4- Evaluation of Three Livestock Movement Reporting Options to Support Tracing Investigations Following a Sanitary Issue in Canada.

An overview of the consultation documents will be presented through a webinar session on 19 May 2015. Proposed species-specific or site-specific requirements will be presented through additional webinar sessions and meetings. Information on these venues will be provided later this week.

Executive Summary of Consultation Documents 2015-05

Consultation document for 2nd round 2015-05

Reference document for 2nd consultation 2015-05

Evaluation of movement reporting option – 2015-05