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How can you sharpen your marketing edge? How should the Canadian beef industry tackle the challenges it faces? What is the future of the beef industry of Canada, or agriculture in general? Find answers to these questions and more below.

Topics:
Export Requirements/Best Practices
Impact of Biofuels on Canadian Beef Industry
Canadian Beef Industry - General
Canadian Beef Industry - How to Improve it?
Agriculture Policy and the Future of Agriculture
Canada's Labour Supply

Export Requirements/Best Practices

Requirements for Exporting Beef Cattle Breeding Stock to the U.S. Under Rule 2
Alberta Beef Producers
Up-to-date requirements for exporting beef cattle breeding stock to each state in the U.S. (PDF)

Impact of Biofuels on Canadian Beef Industry

Biofuels and the Canadian Beef Industry
Canadian Cattlemen's Association, August 2007
A full report on biofuels as they relate to the Canadian Beef Industry, including the implication of biofuel use and its potential impact on the beef industry.

Question & Answer: Impact of Ethanol and Biofuel Production on Beef Industry
VIDO Beef Tech Group and John McKinnon, Saskatchewan Beef Industry Chair and Professor, University of Saskatchewan
A VIDO Beef Tech Group discussion with beef specialist John McKinnon about the effects of ethanol on the beef industry. Dr. MacKinnon gives thorough and apolitical answers to questions likely to be of interest to producers, especially those wondering how the ethanol industry will affect them. (PDF)

Canadian Beef Industry - General

Canada's Beef Cattle Industry
Canadian Cattlemen's Association Factsheet, March 2006
A primer on the beef industry in Canada, covering such topics as the proposed trace-back program. (PDF)

Understanding the Value of Commercial Cow Beef in Canada
Informa Economics Inc; Funded by the National Beef Industry Development Fund and Managed by the Canadian Cattlemen's Association
An examination of the role of the beef industry in Canada. (PDF)

Impact of Exchange Rates on the Canadian Beef Industry
Kevin Grier, George Morris Centre; Dennis McGivern, Informa Economics; Kurt Klein; Funded by the National Beef Industry Development Fund managed by the Canadian Cattlemen's Association
An analysis of the impact of the appreciating loonie on the Canadian beef industry. As the analysis illustrates, changes in the exchange rate affect prices, trade, and overall industry structure. (PDF)

Canadian Beef Industry How to Improve it?

Building Brands: Supply Chain Alliances in the Canadian Beef Industry
Andrea Brocklebank and Jill Hobbs, University of Saskatchewan; Funded by the National Beef Industry Development Fund managed by the Canadian Cattlemen's Association
Consumers are demanding not only healthier food but also information on how their food is produced. This study emphasizes the importance of creating a sturdy supply chain in the Canadian beef industry to present consumers with "differentiated, value-added" beef products. (PDF - 1.04 MB)

Enhancing the Canadian Beef Industry Value-Chain
Ted Schroeder, Kansas State University; Funded by the National Beef Industry Development Fund managed by the Canadian Cattlemen's Association
This paper offers recommendations for boosting the Canadian Beef industry in the wake of BSE. One key recommendation is to align each link of the vertical market chain -- from seed-stock and cow-calf producers to feedlots and processors. (PDF)

Consumer Risk Perceptions and Attitudes about Beef Food Safety: Implications for Improving Supply Chain Management
Ted Schroeder, Glynn Tonsor, James Mintert, and Joost Pennings; Funded by the National Beef Industry Development Fund managed by the Canadian Cattlemen's Association
An examination of consumer perceptions about Canadian beef food safety. It proposes improvements to the supply chain that could boost demand for Canadian beef. (PDF)

Assessing Traceability and Process Verification Systems
Jill Hobbs, University of Saskatchewan; Funded by the National Beef Industry Development Fund managed by the Canadian Cattlemen's Association
The feasibility and implications of extending the cattle identification system to a system that traces cattle from farm to fork. (PDF)

Canadian Cattle Industry Stakeholder Views on Current and Emergent Pricing Structures
Jaime Wood, Yvonne Pratt, and Gina Grosenick, University of Calgary; Funded by the National Beef Industry Development Fund managed by the Canadian Cattlemen's Association
A University of Calgary research group gauge how stakeholders in the Canadian beef industry view the current pricing situation. (PDF)

How Competitive is the Alberta Cattle Industry?
Alberta Beef Producers; Alberta Cattle Feeders Association
Issues affecting the competitiveness of the Alberta beef industry, and strategies for overcoming obstacles to development. (PDF)

Agriculture Policy and Future of Agriculture

Canadian Agri-Products Policy: What Should Change to Ensure Prosperity for the Sector
Kate Stiefelmeyer, Larry Martin, Al Mussel, George Morris Centre
Market analysts with the George Morris Centre, an independent agri-food thinktank, outline proposed changes to Canadian Agri-Products Policy. The paper examines the market climate in which the Canadian agri-products sector is likely to find itself in the next 10 years. The paper also examines, among other topics, domestic and international consumer trends. (PDF)

Canadian Agri-Products Policy: Vision, Mission, Intents and Instruments
Larry Martin and Kate Stiefelmeyer, George Morris Centre
Market analysts at the George Morris Centre, a Canadian independent agri-food think-tank, outline the progress they feel has been made (as of November, 2006) in the development of a new agri-foods policy. (PDF)

The Foundations of British Columbia's Economic Base
Andrew Ramlo and Ryan Berlin, Urban Futures
A report on the economy of B.C. and the role of agriculture in this predominantly service and forest-based economy. (PDF)

The Future of Agriculture in North America
Farm Foundation
An examination of the opportunities and challenges of animal agriculture in North America. Topics include the economics of production; processing and marketing; consumer demands; and global competitiveness and trade.

Canada's Labour Supply

Canada's Economy: The Next Demographic Transition
David Baxter, Ryan Berlin and Andrew Ramlo, Urban Futures
An analysis of the impact of changing demographics on the Canadian labour supply. (PDF)

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