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File photo of a platter of sliced raw beef served in Singapore for use in shabu-shabu, a Japanese-style hotpot dish. (Kenneth Chew/iStock/Getty Images)

Singapore clears all Canadian beef for import

Country first to lift BSE-era restrictions under new status

Canada’s new official international status as a “negligible risk” country for bovine spongiform encephalopathy now has its first recognition from a beef-importing nation. Singapore has approved the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s certificate for exports of all Canadian beef, including beef offal, with no restrictions on the age of the cattle from which the beef was […] Read more

Packers have seen good margins and that’s drawing huge numbers of U.S. cows north but it’s been a different story for feedlots, which have struggled for years to make money.

A flood of American cattle is coming north — but the tide may turn

Alberta usually exports cattle but a quarter of a million U.S. cows a year are coming to Western Canada

Reading Time: 5 minutes Alberta feeder cattle imports have exploded, reaching highs not seen since the early 2000s. But feedlot operators are still struggling to turn a profit, and adding to their woes, the surge in American cattle may soon slow. “We were barely importing any feeders four or five years ago,” said Brian Perillat, manager of Canfax. “We […] Read more


It looks like a Costco in your neighbourhood but this one is in Madrid. When it started selling Canadian beef, officials from the Trade Commissioner Service office were on hand to celebrate the occasion. Pictured are trade commissioners Maximo Hurtado and Karen Kennedy, who are flanking Astrid Sveinsdóttir, CEO of Astrra International, a logistics company in Madrid specializing in meat shipments.

Here’s the beef — it’s on Costco shelves in Madrid and that’s a big win

A Canadian beef deal in Spain raises hope the battle for European access is paying off

Reading Time: 5 minutes You might expect to pay $30 for a steak at a restaurant. But at the supermarket meat counter? Not so much. However, Costco customers in Madrid haven’t balked at paying those sorts of prices since the chain began carrying Canada AAA rib-eyes in November. “As a Canadian consumer walking into the grocery store, I don’t […] Read more



File photo of cattle seeking shade in Namibia. (Brytta/iStock/Getty Images)

Namibia looks to import cattle as drought decimates herds

Windhoek | Reuters — Namibian state-owned meat processing and marketing firm Meatco is in talks with neighbour Botswana to import cattle, as severe drought decimates local herds and threatens beef export deals with China and European countries. The southern African desert nation moved closer to famine last month after dam levels fell below 20 per […] Read more



Wagyu beef on skewers at a Tokyo market. (Michal_Staniewski/iStock/Getty Images)

Japan deal levels field for U.S. beef, but sales surge unlikely

Tokyo/Chicago | Reuters — U.S. beef exporters, unhappy after President Donald Trump pulled out of a multilateral trade pact in 2017, stand to sell more meat in Japan after the U.S. leader and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cut a deal to slice into tariffs. But agriculture experts say that for now, that boost may […] Read more

To sell beef in Europe, cattle must be raised without growth promotants and the packer can’t use a carcass wash not approved in the EU. Pictured is a meat counter in Morlaix, France.

CCA sees potential for more beef sales to Europe

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada could be selling more beef to Europe if it increased the number of veterinarians trained to approve cattle for shipment there or secured approval for using Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) to meet European requirements, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says. Since the free trade agreement with Europe came into effect nearly two years ago, […] Read more