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Country 105


Agriculture Report

No Truth to Beef Email

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McDonald's and Cattlemen report beef email a hoax.


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McDonald's Canada and the Canadian Cattlemen's Association are trying to counter what they say is false information being spread by an Internet hoax.

The hoax email -- which has been circulating for a long time and purports to be from an Alberta cattle-feeding group -- calls for a boycott of the fast-food chain because it says McDonald's has plans to buy most of its beef from South America.

Not true, says Cattlemen President Brad Wildeman.

He says McDonald's buys as much Canadian beef as it can, and the company says that translates into roughly 29 million kilograms each year.

McDonald's Canada admits it has bought small quantities of beef from New Zealand, Australia and the U-S in the past.

But adds that the vast majority of its beef comes from Canadian producers.

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The second round of tendering for the hog transition program is to start November 18th.

But the Canadian Pork Council recommends producers register by November 10th to provide administrators enough time to evaluate forms, complete followups and send out bid forms.

Farmers can submit bid forms via fax to the administrator at 1-888-334-6618.

Producers will still have to send in the original form at a later date.

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The National Farmers Union blames the government for falling farm incomes.

Outgoing president Stewart Wells says yearly net income for Canadian farmers from the agriculture market is 125 million dollars.

But he says those same farmers are holding an estimated 60 billion dollars of debt.

Wells says neglect and poor policy from Ottawa over the last 25 years has slowly taken money away from producers.

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The Canadian Cattlemen's Association says Canada needs to work on narrowing the margin when it comes to the cost of turning cattle into beef.

Spokesperson Ryder Lee says the enhanced feed ban measures Canada took post BSE versus what the U-S did are quite different.

Specified risk material removal and other requirements have added to the cost of processing beef.

The Canadian Meat Council estimates it costs roughly 31 dollars more to slaughter an animal that's over 30 months of age in Canada, compared with the U-S.

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Hail claims from farmers on the Prairies are down dramatically this year.

Insurers paid out just over 76 million dollars this growing season.

That's a dramatic reduction from the record 341 million paid in 2008.

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World food production topped the agenda at the North American European Union agricultural conference.

Representatives of 73 farm organizations from 19 different countries gathered in Niagara Falls to discuss how to increase world food production and emerge from the global economic recession.

Many officials feel society in general needs to become more supportive if farmers are going to address the challenges of feeding a growing planet.

Farm groups also agreed that governments need to continue supporting agriculture, even though the recession may have put finances on shaky ground.

 


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