Les Producteurs de bovins du Québec (PBQ) are henceforth officially members of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). The announcement was made by PBQ Chairman Claude Viel on April 4th and 5th, in Quebec City, before more than 200 cattle farmers gathered together at their annual general assembly.
Their membership in the PBQ will enable them to sit on pan-Canadian working committees and to have access to more information and documentation on a variety of issues like foreign trade agreements, carbon footprints, farming impact on greenhouse gasses, animal welfare, sustainable beef, and so on. “At a time when new frontiers are continually opening up and our buyers have new requirements, this new membership is a reflection of our desire to grow, and to enhance our ability to face new industry challenges” said Claude.
At the time of the announcement, the PBQ President was accompanied by outgoing CCA Chairman Dan Darling and John Masswohl, Director of Government Affairs and International Relations. “We are pleased to welcome Quebec Cattle Producers and look forward to their working alongside all our provincial association members in our efforts to represent Canada’s beef industry”, indicated David Haywood-Farmer, the current CCA Chairman, who was unable to attend the event.
The CCA represents over 60,000 cattle farms in Canada.
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Founded in 1974, the PBQ is an agricultural association constituted by virtue of the Professional Syndicates Act. With some 15,600 farmers distributed over nearly 11,000 agri-food companies throughout Québec, the PBQ consists of 14 regional syndicates. The PBQ is currently working on preparing a development plan with the goal of increasing cattle production 50% by 2025. At the moment, Quebec cattle production is: 11,000 agri-food companies, 710,900 veal and beef products per year, production distributed over all Québec regions, $515 million value added to the Quebec economy, and sales of $1 billion.
Source: Les Producteurs de bovins du Québec