European beef exports growing, but still small

The number of Canadian producers raising EU-eligible beef has tripled in the past year — but the number remains small, says the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

In a recent newsletter, the CCA says its “best estimate” is that more than 100 producers have enrolled in a certification program that ensures they’re not using growth-enhancing products. But the association estimates about 5,000 producers would be needed for the 50,000-tonne quota of such beef.

But exports are growing — up 87 per cent (versus year-ago levels) to 771 tonnes from January to October, said the CCA. “Interest in Canadian beef in EU countries continues to grow,” it said.

For more on qualifying for EU exports, go to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association website.

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