COOL Rears its Ugly Head

Now that COOL is underway the Canadian beef industry is once again under American trade attack. with JBS Swift in Greeley announcing that they will no longer accept Canadian cattle and Pasco down to twice a week the flow of Canadian fat cattle headed south has been impeded. With the US election looking like a Democrat win we may not have relief from this ridiculous legislation anytime soon. I have had several industry participants say that they fear we are headed back into the economic reality of BSE. Last week at the local ABP meeting a resolution was passed to eliminate imports of American beef as retaliation. Also passed was a motion to encourage the Canadian government to file grievances under NAFTA and WTO. For more information on the early affects of COOL, check out the two links below.

http://www.albertafarmexpress.ca/issues/ISArticle.asp?id=91645&PC=FBC&issue=10312008

http://www.commandnews.com/fpweb/fp.dll/$fcc/htm/fcc/x_dv.htm/_ibyx/daj/_svc/cp_pub/_Id/1189877409/_k/S9rnF4V8hkcLJ72c

 

Shaun Haney

Shaun grew up on a family seed farm in Southern Alberta. Haney Farms produces, conditions and retails wheat, barley, canola and corn seed. Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. @shaunhaney

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