Canadian Cattlemen raise concerns about markets during COVID-19 outbreak

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is raising concern about market uncertainty due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

There’s a backlog of market cattle because of a slow-down in meat processing in many plants across North America.

Canadian Cattlemen’s president Bob Lowe says Canadians need a greater appreciation of the food supply chain.

He says agriculture in the U.S. and Europe receives far more attention and support than in Canada.

Low says the public’s attitude needs to change to respect the importance of food production and farm business risk programs.

Until there is a change in attitude and priorities, Lowe says it will be hard to spend additional money and improve current federal/provincial business risk management programs.

Lowe made his comments during a Cattlemen’s Association Conference call highlighting some of the challenges facing young producers.

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