China lifts parts of 13-year ban on Canadian beef

September 23, 2016

China has lifted a ban on some types of Canadian beef, ending a 13-year prohibition that has restricted cattle producers’ access to an important overseas market.

The change was made by Chinese agricultural authorities on Sept. 19, just two days before Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Canada for high-level meetings.

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A feedlot’s commitment to animal care

September 21, 2016

Canadian feedlot animal care assessment — Part 2

A feedlot’s commitment to animal care evolves around four criteria: ensuring management and employees have access to the Canadian Beef Code of Practice, a written animal care policy, a self-assessment protocol and an emergency response plan. Each accounts for two out of the possible eight points for this section of an audit.

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The price for serving alternative markets

August 9, 2016

Cattleland also participated in the pilot for the Canadian Feedlot Animal Care Assessment Program. This auditable program spearheaded by the National Cattle Feeders Association brought industry, packers, retailers, scientists, veterinarians and non-government organizations onto the same page. It is endorsed by the National Farm Animal Care Council, which oversees the development of national codes of practice.

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With natural capital and trust, Canada can become an agrifood powerhouse

August 2, 2016

Canada can define a powerful food brand as more and more consumers seek out trusted and more responsible suppliers. This is what the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute calls Canada’s “big possibility.” Canada can position itself as a preferred food source and derive economic benefits from doing so.

But are we doing enough to truly leverage Canada’s potential? We lack a common goal. We can aim to produce more food, to do so sustainably and to improve its nutritional quality – all at the same time. This would place Canada even further at the leading edge of global food innovation. This effort will require strong collaboration across the food system, including agricultural suppliers, food producers, processors and retailers. It also extends to scientists, technology providers, financial institutions, the health community and others.

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