CBIC – Conference Update

The CBIC board (compromised of the Beef Cattle Research Council, Canada Beef, Canadian Beef Breeds Council, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, National Cattle Feeders Association) have made the difficult decision to postpone the conference scheduled for August 11-13th, 2020 until August 17-19th, 2021 in Penticton, British Columbia.

CBIC is in the process of planning a virtual conference for Aug 11-13th, 2020 so the Canadian beef industry can connect, learn, and support one another. This event will be offered as a free online tool for the entire industry. As an integral part of the connectivity pillar in the National Beef Strategy, CBIC wants to continue to offer an opportunity for the industry to come together.

To stay up-to-date on our virtual conference details please visit www.canadianbeefindustryconference.com and follow the CBIC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates.

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Wellness Together Canada

For many Canadians, COVID-19 is having a major impact on their everyday lives, as they work to pay their bills, put food on the table, and take care of themselves and their families. That is why it is more important than ever that Canadians have access to the tools and resources they need to support their health and well-being.

The Prime Minister announced an investment of $240.5 million to develop, expand, and launch virtual care and mental health tools to support Canadians.

Wellness Together Canada is an online portal that provides Canadians with free resources, tools, and professional support services to help with wellness and resilience, as well as mental health and substance use. It will also support a growing family of digital products that includes the Canada COVID-19 app, which helps people track their symptoms, receive the latest updates, and access trusted resources.

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NSDA – Laboratory Services Update

Samples will be accepted effective immediately with testing to begin the week of May 4, 2020.

Laboratory Services COVID-19 Notice

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CCA News Release – Federal Announcement

CCA Statement – Federal Announcement

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Service Canada Update – Temporary Foreign Workers

Special Compliance Inspections for Employers of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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AAFC Updates

AAFC Response – Statistics Canada Food-Processing Data

Information and Implications for the Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector

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Canada Sees no Beef Shortage, But Prices May Rise Due to Coronavirus

Country Guide
By: Kelsey Johnson
April 21, 2020

The Canadian government is not expecting a beef shortage despite the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in certain meat-packing plants, though prices may rise, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.

Trudeau added that beef producers are placing a priority on supplying the Canadian market before exporting products.

Canada, one of the world’s biggest beef and pork exporters, has had several plants idled or slowed as coronavirus inspections spread. Cargill on Monday said it would idle its High River, Alta. beef plant because of an outbreak.

Read the full article here.

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An Urgent Message From The Eastern Canadian Beef Sector

The Eastern Canada beef sector needs help.

Beef farmers proudly supply local, quality beef, but are undergoing economic hardships during COVID-19. They need support to continue providing a trusted, safe product.

Please see this Youtube video, jointly made from all Eastern Canada Cattle Associations asking for help.


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CCA Recommends Bringing Back BSE Era Set-Aside Program

Real Agriculture
April 13, 2020

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is recommending the immediate reinstatement of a set-aside program that was implemented during the BSE era to address the challenges with beef processing capacity being created by COVID-19.

The CCA says it’s in discussions with the federal government about implementing the program to encourage producers to hold cattle longer when processing capacity isn’t available. The program was originally developed and implemented when export markets, including the U.S., closed to Canadian cattle and beef after the discovery of a positive case of BSE in 2003.

“We learned many lessons during the hard years of BSE, and it is time to implement the policies that previously helped us weather the storm,” says Bob Lowe, President of the CCA, in a statement issued late Monday (April 13.)

Cargill’s High River, Alta., beef plant is one of the latest on a growing list of North American meat processing plants to slow down or shut down completely due to COVID-19 risks among employees. Cargill has slowed the plant down to one shift as of this week, limiting the number of cattle processed to roughly 1,500 per day. The plant regularly slaughters 4,000 to 4,500 per day with two shifts, and represents 36 percent of Canada’s total beef processing capacity.

To read the full article or to watch the video, please click here.

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CCA Industry Update: COVID-19 Reduces North American Beef Processing Capacity

Please see the below industry update on the temporary shift reduction at the Cargill processing plant in High River, Alberta, beginning Monday, April 13, 2020.

COVID-19 Reduces North American Beef Processing Capacity

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