The volume of Canadian beef exports was up by about 11 per cent in 2019 and the value of those exports was up 19 per cent. That is according to Doug Sawyer with the Canadian Cattlemen's Association. He says those numbers are a great sign for the cattle industry, and it is very positive movement.
A board member with the Canadian Cattlemen's Association is looking forward to a good year in agriculture - generally speaking - across the board.
Doug Sawyer with the CCA was one of the key note speakers last week as the Innisfail & District Chamber of Commerce hosted "Agriculture: What's Up For 2020?".
Sawyer notes there are trade issues they have to deal with - there are always issues but he is very optimistic for this year.
He was able to pass along some strong numbers from 2019 when it comes to exports of Canadian beef.
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom officially left the European Union last Friday. Sawyer explains what Brexit could mean for Canadian beef producers.
He adds, they will be continuing efforts this year to stop food producers from labelling vegetarian-based products as meat in Canada.
Sawyer is optimistic for supply and demand of Canadian cattle this year. He notes demand is high and supply is low, so that is putting some decent profit into their industry.