Dear Candidate, As a Saskatchewan beef cattle producer, I would
As a Saskatchewan beef cattle producer, I would like to take the opportunity to provide some comments for
consideration heading into the April 4 provincial election. These comments address the importance of
Saskatchewan’s cattle industry and the need to ensure the provincial government continues to work with and
advocate for our producers.
Saskatchewan is home to more than 18,000 cattle producers and the second largest cattle herd in the country.
Saskatchewan cattle producers are an important contributor to Saskatchewan’s agriculture industry, accounting
for 14.5% of the province’s total farm cash receipts in 2014. In addition, increased cattle exports have contributed
to the province reaching its $15 billion target for trade in agriculture product by exporting $15.1 billion in 2015,
five years ahead of time.
The viability of Saskatchewan’s cattle industry depends upon a number of factors, including increased access to
important trade markets, continued investment in research, limited regulatory burdens and increased efficiency in
production, to name a few.
The provincial government has an integral role to play in a number of these priority areas. We believe it is very
important to continue fostering the strong and positive working relationship between our organization and the
provincial government in order to address issues that may hamper the success of our industry.
As such, I am calling on the next provincial government to continue to defend and advocate for our trade interests,
including continuing to lobby the federal government to expediently ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This
trade deal is integral to putting our industry on a similar footing with our competitors, especially in key markets
such as Japan.
In addition, it is key to our industry to have the provincial government continue to pursue access to new and
existing markets. While we appreciate that trade deals can only be made at the federal level, it is important to our
industry that our provincial government be a strong advocate for Saskatchewan agriculture in foreign markets.
Research is key to the advancement of our industry. It contributes to better feed and feed utilization, continued
improvement in genetics, reduced environmental impacts and an overall increase in production efficiencies. I am
requesting the next provincial government continue to work with the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA),
the universities and the Beef Cattle Research Council on beef research priorities, investment in beef research and
ensuring overall research objectives are met.
As an industry, we recognize the need for regulations, but it is important that any new regulations or amendments
to existing ones do not create additional burden or costs for our producers. We call on the next provincial
government to ensure any regulatory changes are done through a proper consultation process with SCA and other
groups that may be impacted.
Predation and wildlife interactions have become a major issue for many producers throughout the province. It is
important to us that the next provincial government works with SCA to help manage wildlife/livestock interactions,
including designing and implementing adequate compensation programs for losses suffered by producers.
As mentioned, these are only a few of the top priorities for the beef cattle industry. We believe it is very important
to the health and viability of our industry to continue to work with the next provincial government, ensuring our
priorities are met and addressed in a manner that is beneficial to us and the provincial economy as a whole.
I thank you for your time and consideration.