CPC REPORT FOR MPC AGM. APRIL 9, 2014
COOL IS HEATING UP…… • - U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington threw out a previous ruling by a three judge panel that ruled against our legal challenge. • - In a very rare legal moment, all 11 judges on the court will now reconsider the basis of our argument on the constitutional question of corporate free speech.
- Counsel representing the plaintiffs (CPC and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association being two of the nine) are working with clients on amicus (‘friends of the court’) briefs to support our own briefs. • - Briefs should be in before the end of April and oral arguments will be presented May 19. The court has not indicated a date at which a decision would be issued. • - A very long process. Very good support by the Feds.
Animal Care • Code of Practice • Clear message from producers: • Stalls and group housing have equal welfare outcomes • Group housing is not perfect • Conversion is not simple
Animal Care • Code of Practice • Clear message from producers (continued): • No assurance that group housing will result in better welfare • Mandatory group housing will put many out of business
Code of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals: Pigs • Code released March 6, 2014 • A few important points on the outcome are: • commitment to adopt loose housing on new construction • pain control requirements for processing of piglets • revision to space allowances • enhanced environmental enrichment
Business Risk Management • Changes to some programs like: • AgriStability • AgriInvest • AgriInsurance • AgriRecovery • Now is the time to prepare for the next round of discussions
Trade Negotiations and Trade Access • International trade is 2/3rds of Canadian pork producers’ output • Top Markets: • United States • Japan • China
CETA • - Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement. • - European market is 33 times larger than Canada's. • - Our current quota is 6000 tonnes. The quota increase is approx. 80,000 tonnes. • - Said to be worth $400 million annually to our industry.
SOUTH KOREA • 2011 pork trade- 223 million • 2012 pork trade- 129 million • 2013 pork trade-76 million • 2014- Free Trade Agreement signed!
Trade Negotions and Trade Access Continue to work with: • Canada Pork International • Canadian Meat Council • Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, including the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
Pork Research, Market Development and Promotion Agency • Industry consultation started. • Agency to support domestic product promotion, export development and research. • Non-refundable levy of $0.75 per hog could generate additional $1.8 million on imports. • Needs letter of support from each provincial pork board in Canada.
US-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council • Working to reduce regulatory divergences between Canada and the United States • e-certification • Vet drugs • Zoning • Border re-inspection
PEDv • Open communications among stakeholders • Biosecurity; both on farm and off farm • Ongoing active surveillance and reporting • Transport measures, including at the border • Clarity of the PED risks associated with feed • Research to address PED knowledge gaps • Supporting PED containment and elimination