New markets for Canadian livestock producers

by Editor
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Canadian breeding cattle are back in Colombia after almost 10 years of trade restrictions, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced.

This success story for the cattle industry demonstrated how the Government was delivering concrete results for Canadian livestock producers, Minister Ritz said. Colombia was a market full of new agricultural trade opportunities that would make a difference to the bottom line of Canadian farmers, he continued.

After years of work by the Harper Government and the Canadian cattle industry, sixty Canadian heifers will be exported to Colombia for breeding purposes and milk production. This is an exciting development for Colombian breeders who can now benefit from Canada's genetics to improve quality and production of local livestock.

Last April, Minister Ritz and International Trade Minister Van Loan announced the reopening of the Colombian market to Canadian cattle. Colombia was the first country in South America to reopen its market to Canadian cattle since 2003, which has a market value estimated by the industry to be worth more than $2 million a year.