Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Canadians Love Beef

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Beef consumption last year was up by 2.5 per cent


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It appears we are eating more beef.

Stats Canada reports beef consumption last year was up by 2 and a half per cent to almost 21 kilograms per person.

At the same time -- the beef supply was down 3.7 per cent and retail prices were up by 2.5 per cent.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association says the numbers show Canadian consumers really like beef and are prepared to pay a little more for it.

As for other protein -- pork consumption was down about 4 per cent and Canadians were eating about the same amount of poultry.

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The U-S Forest Service is considering explosives to move a bunch of frozen cows that died after getting stuck inside a cabin in Colorado's Rocky Mountains.

Rangers are worried about the high fire danger and have discussed other solutions -- including using helicopters or trucks.

But those options pose concerns about the cost and the impact of trucks on a natural habitat.

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The Western Grains Research Foundation says it's unfortunate that the Cereal Research Centre in Winnipeg is being closed.

Chair Dave Sefton says his group respects the fiscal constraints faced by the federal government and is ready to work with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

He says now is the time for producers and industry to find ways to increase cereal research investments to levels competitive with other crops and other countries.

 

 


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