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“That’s one of the challenges — on the surface, it seems like a great idea until you fully understand what it means to implement mandatory COOL.” – Fawn Jackson.

Labelling law rears its head again, but officials don’t expect its return

Some American ranchers are ‘making a lot of noise’ but odds of a return to COOL seem slim

Glacier FarmMedia – Mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) is gone, but there’s a new effort by American beef producers wanting to bring it back. “It’s still hugely on our radar,” said Alberta Beef Producers chair Melanie Wowk. “When COOL was first instituted in 2003, it was costing us about $600 million a year, so I think

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota meets a double-amputee rescue dog at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Rookie U.S. House Democrats call for COOL revival

Several new members of the U.S. House of Representatives who’ve pressed for stronger language on labour and environmental standards in the revised North American free trade deal now also want it to include country-of-origin labeling (COOL) on meat. A letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, dated Tuesday and signed by 27 freshman House Democrats,

Lack of data is affecting the price transparency of the cattle market, with a number of knock-on effects.

Plotting a course for the future of fed cattle price reporting

Canada’s cattle industry has been watching with a wary eye as price data thins, 
but how to fix the problem?

The cattle industry is weighing its options for a better price-reporting system that will address a chronic shortfall of information. In recent years cattle price data has become thin on the ground, something that has big implications for insurance programs, trade disputes and day-to-day decisions that rely on accurate market information. Canada’s reporting system is

U.S. trade rumblings unnerve Canada’s beef producers

U.S. trade rumblings unnerve Canada’s beef producers

Uncertainty rules as 
Trump eyes trade deals, 
but nobody is sure if Canada is in his line of fire

An atmosphere of uncertainty hangs over the Canadian cattle industry as it awaits a possible trade war with the U.S. The newly minted U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly signalled his intention to either scrap or renegotiate NAFTA, which has helped make the U.S. Canada’s largest market for beef and cattle exports. A more immediate

Closeup of the flags of the North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA members on textile texture. NAFTA is the world's largest trade bloc and the member countries are Canada, United States and Mexico.

NAFTA: The art of the trade deal

The U.S. may be targeting Mexico, but Canada could be collateral damage in this fight

So the Trans-Pacific Partnership is officially dead, but the deal had already been on life support for quite some time. As America was embracing a new era of economic nationalism, even Hillary Clinton vowed during her campaign to kill the deal. No big loss for Canada, since there is no deal, but certainly a missed

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent monitors the Canada/U.S. border near Sweet Grass, Montana, about 100 km southeast of Lethbridge. (

Guenther: Canada’s beef export sector waiting, watching

As speculation swirls around U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to renegotiate NAFTA, officials with Canada’s beef industry are taking a measured approach. They’re not ignoring the possibility of trade disruptions in the U.S., said Ryder Lee, CEO of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association — “but neither are we lighting our hair on fire yet at each

(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Cattle producers urge trade fight if Trump revives COOL

Winnipeg | Reuters — Canadian cattle producers will urge Ottawa to retaliate against the U.S. if the incoming Trump administration imposes a meat labelling program it views as discriminatory, restarting a six-year trade battle, an industry group said on Wednesday. U.S. news network CNN reported on Tuesday that a memo drafted by President-elect Donald Trump’s

beef carcasses in a freezer

The COOL effect on beef trade

U.S. beef imports have increased at a faster rate than U.S. beef exports over the last few years. Why? First let’s go to the beef import numbers, noting the major country sources of U.S. beef imports. In 2015, the U.S. imported $9.1 billion worth of beef from all countries. Of that number, $7 billion came


COOL continues to obstruct sheep industry

Manitoba representative on the Canadian Sheep Federation doubts quick resolution of COOL restrictions

Canadian sheep producers remain stranded by country-of-origin labelling (COOL) restrictions, even as beef and pork producers have seen relief. According to Herman Bouw, Manitoba sheep producer and director of the Manitoba Sheep Association (MSA), COOL continues to affect the sector, isolating it from the U.S. market, due to active lobbying from the American sheep industry.