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Wednesday 12th September 2012.

Charlotte Johnston - TheBeefSite Editor

Charlotte Johnston

Is Canada's Beef Industry Too Reliant on the US?

A new report challenges the Canadian beef industry to explore collaboration in the supply chain and develop a long-term plan, in order to tackle the issues facing the sector and take advantage of new opportunities.

The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) report highlights that the Canadian cattle industry is extremely reliant on one market, the US, which accounts for 85 per cent of Canada's beef and cattle trade. On a five year average (2007-2011), Canadian beef and cattle sales to the US were some $2.2 billion (and a combined total of $1.8 billion in 2011).

However, whilst Canada continues to supply the US market with live cattle and beef, the US is using to this to their benefit, focusing on alternative export markets.

Over the last eight years, beef imports from the US have risen, and Canada is supplying less beef to its own domestic market. Moreover, the average value of these imports ($6.55 per kg) exceeds the average value of our US-bound exports ($3.74 per kg). This imbalance is indicative of the fact that Canada is generally importing more higher cuts (muscle cuts) from the US than it is exporting (trim and grinding beef).

Is Canada missing a bigger economic opportunity to better serve its own domestic market?

US beef exports beyond Canada are up 280 per cent on a value basis since 2005; whereas Canadian exports beyond the US are up 45 per cent. Since 2002, Canada's exports to international markets other than the US were down 3.5 per cent while the US beef industry increased exports to the international market by 51 per cent (excluding shipments to Canada).

The report recognises the Government's "admirable" job of opening new foreign markets, however says the beef industry is not doing enough to capture new sales, enhanced prices and greater margins.

At the moment, the industry is not in a position to take advantage of trade decisions.

This study points out in clear terms that the industry is not achieving its full potential.

A strategy is urgently needed to link the players, policies and resources in order to help the sector ensure its place, domestically and internationally, as a reliable supplier of high quality Canadian products.

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Long-Term Strategy Needed for Canadian Beef Market
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Overview of Salmonella in Livestock and People
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Questions About Corn Acreage
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   United States

Higher Grain Prices Could Have Long-Lasting Effect on Livestock
R-Calf Sues WTO Over Country of Origin Labelling
NCBA Urges EPA not to Lower Dust Standard
Drought Impacts on the Beef Cow Herd Could Accelerate This Fall
Potential Disaster Aid Hinges on Records
CME: Feed Availability Remains a Concern
Inventories for Operational Survival
Winter Cereals an Alternative Silage Source
Canola, Turnips and other Brassicas are Forage Options This Fall
Cattle Outlook: Will Meat Demand Fall?
Industry Urges Senate to Refrain from Disaster Bill
Double-Crop Soybeans Struggle to Mature; Could be Valuable Forage
CME: Focus This Month is on Harvested Acres
NFU Kicks Off Legislative Fly-In
Submit Genomic Testing Samples Early
In the Cattle Markets: Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season
No Nutritional Benefit to Organic Produce
CME: Japan to Emerge as Prominent Beef Market
Rancher Involvement Needed in Public Lands Council
Plan Now for Winter Hay Supplies
In Drought, Watch Fall-Calving Cows Early


Livestock Export Reform Roll out on Schedule
Meating the Market
Research into Bovine Ephemeral Fever
Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
Australian Herd Rebuilding Effort Progressing Well
EMAI Biosecurity Centre Attracts Industry Recognition
Retailers Making Australian Producers Uncompetitive
JBS King Island Abattoir Closure


Value of US Beef to Japan Rises
Japan Proposes to Lift Age on US Beef Imports


The Direct Relationship between Animal Health and Food Safety Outcomes
FAO Food Price Index Holds Steady
Development in Livestock Sector Could Reduce Poverty

   European Union

EFSA Functioning Well
Tillmann Goes as VION CEO
EU Cattle Herd to Shrink
MEPs Approve Voluntary EID for Cattle
Protecting the Next Generation of EU Farmers

   United Kingdom

Farmers Warned to Protect Cattle Against Blackleg
Livestock 2012: Business to the Fore at The NEC
SAC Joins Testing Initiative for Schmallenberg Virus
Traceability Programme for Aberdeen Angus Beef
Controlled Badger Cull to Go Ahead in England
Working Together to Eradicate Bovine Tuberculosis
Exploring Options for Surplus Dairy Males


Co-ordinated Plan to Deal with Weather Crisis
New Teagasc Animal Bioscience Facility Opened
Farmers Patience with Retailers Runs Out
Industry Meets with Processors to Demand Price Increase


Minimising Pain in Farm Animals


JBS Sees Sharp Rise in Revenue


Farm Produce Prices Begin to Fall


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