‘It’s change they’re afraid of’: We asked beef farmers what they think of supply management

September 13, 2018

 “I understand (dairy’s) trepidation, but there are hundreds of thousands of other farmers that are being potentially hung out to dry if NAFTA fails because of supply management,” said Ryan Kasko, a cattle feeder from near Lethbridge, Alta.

Ryan Thompson, owner of Living Sky Beef near Minton, Sask., laughed at the argument that food safety is tied to market controls. “To say that monopolizing a market will ensure safety, they’re not even connected,” he said. “It’s change they’re afraid of, but I firmly believe that the milk produced in Canada is the highest quality in the world, and I don’t think they need to be afraid of some other country coming in and taking their market,” said Thompson. “Canadians will pay for Canadian milk because that’s what they want to buy, and I don’t think it matters if there’s U.S. or New Zealand or European milk on the shelf.”

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Dr. Eugene Janzen receives 2018 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation

August 17, 2018

As a veterinarian and scientist, Dr. Janzen has made substantial contributions to the competitiveness and sustainability of the Canadian beef industry. His passion and dedication to cattle health and his close collaborations with producers are a treasure. He continually aligns his interests with those of the industry and works diligently to understand producers’ difficulties then meshes academic knowledge with the realities of the farm.

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Feedlots to benefit from new animal care audit

August 13, 2018

“Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed, feedlot veterinarian, was instrumental in developing the audit program with the National Cattle Feeders’ Association. Canadian facilities JBS and Cargill Meats, and Tyson’s at Pasco, Washington, are involved with the program as are retailers and some companies like McDonald’s.

The program has received certification and approval from the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO), National Farm Animal Care Council and the Canadian Roundtable on Sustainable Beef.

It is available online and is offered in English, French and Spanish. It includes low-stress animal handling videos online.”

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Full list of federal cabinet changes after shuffle

July 23, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shuffled his cabinet ahead of the 2019 election. Here is an updated list of ag-related federal cabinet ministers following the July 18 shuffle:

  • Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
  • Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
  • Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance
  • Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport
  • Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification
  • Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources
  • Patricia Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
  • Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
  • Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
  • Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

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