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Canada aims for 800,000 tns of annual exports by 2015

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Mad cow recovery plan aims for 800,000 tonnes of annual exports by 2015

Judy Monchuk
Canadian Press


Friday, September 16, 2005






CALGARY (CP) - Canada's beef industry is working on an ambitious mad cow recovery plan that would ramp up exports sharply over the next decade while reducing reliance on the U.S. market.

Ted Haney of the Canada Beef Export Federation says his members want exports of processed beef increased to 800,000 tonnes by 2015.

"Our industry in the past expected they would export some 600,000 tonnes to all world markets by 2010," Haney said as he prepared for the federation's annual meeting on Friday.

"They're telling us now that by 2010, based on increased (slaughter) capacity in Canada, they expect to export 700,000 tonnes," he said. "By 2015, they expect exports to reach 800,000 tonnes with 52 per cent of that total going to the United States."

The key is reducing trade dependency on the United States from what's currently about 90 per cent down to 50 per cent in a defined period, said Haney.

How to reach those targets will be the focus of an industry strategy session on Saturday that will include input from producers, processors, exporters and governments.

"We're all working together to define what our future is and the tools we require to get there," said Haney.

Drafting long-range plans is much easier for the beleaguered industry than coping with the continued uncertainly that hangs over relations with its largest trading partner, the United States.

A group of protectionist ranchers is trying to get a U.S. appeals court to again close the border to young Canadian cattle. Although there are no guarantees the case will be heard, producers continue to be skittish after losing more than $7 billion in exports since the brain-wasting disease was first found in an Alberta cow in May 2003.

"If you ask them for the next three months, six months or even a year, the answers are mystified and frustrated," said Haney. "There's so many dynamics at play that it's very difficult to have clear direction in the short term. But by 2007, there's a consensus that sales will be well above pre-BSE levels."

Since mid-July, almost 100,000 cattle under 30 months have been shipped to the United States.

But future prosperity lies in a more global marketplace. The industry now champions a cut-in-Canada future, where the only meat that leaves this country's borders has already been processed.

"These export goals include no live cattle," said Haney, who has spent much of the last two years travelling through Asia, Mexico and Europe working to re-establish trade after international borders slammed shut.

Earlier this week, federal Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchell created a new group to advise him on how to expand Canada's trade in beef and cattle.

© The Canadian Press 2005
 

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And the goal of the Beef Initiative Group Canada, represented at this meeting as a voting member by "yours truely" is to allow a fair playing field for upstart Canadian and "producer owned" packing plants within the framework of the CBEF plan.

Got a battle on our hands today with Cargill and Tyson over supporting testing for export market access.

Took a couple of days off my kindergarten classes to attend SH and Agman. Hope you don't mind. Back to my crayons on Monday.

Randy
 

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Randy wrote:
Got a battle on our hands today with Cargill and Tyson over supporting testing for export market access.

Wishing you luck in this endeavor Randy. Somebody should have called the Japs bluff many moons ago.

It's a given that our beloved USDA doesn't have the gonads to try it.
 

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Mike said:
Randy wrote:
Got a battle on our hands today with Cargill and Tyson over supporting testing for export market access.

Wishing you luck in this endeavor Randy. Somebody should have called the Japs bluff many moons ago.

It's a given that our beloved USDA doesn't have the gonads to try it.

Amen. Someone needs to break the stranglehold the packers have on the regulatory agencies for the sake of producers on both sides of the 49th. Pack a lot of ammunition and shoot 'em up.
 

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Randy,You tell them that you are going to use Canada's animal traceback with ScoringAg traceback and you will strike fear in your Competitors as each animal beef will have the records that those importing countries HAVE TO HAVE before buying anything from Field to Fork.
 

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As I said months ago, put Canadians in a corner, they will fight their way out and come out stronger than ever.

Thanks for the hard and sometimes frustrating work Randy, on behalf of all of us in the industry, it's appreciated.

And don't forget, all that beef leaving in Canada will be labelled with a proud Canadian Maple Leaf. (Hey, maybe that should be the brand we use on the live, instead of "CAN".)

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y47/Murgen/CanadianBeefPin.jpg

Wear it proud!
 

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Yes, they should Porker! Wouldn't that look attractive in a RCALF member's feedlot, when they take the cattle back home that they have purchased!
 

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