R-CALF USA and the National Farmers Union of Canada met recently with Mexican cattle producers to discuss their relationship and views of the cattle industry. They found they had much in common.
"R-CALF was originally viewed as a threat to cattle producers in Canada," said Neil Peacock, who represented the National Farmers Union of Canada. "There is always misinformation going around, and several years ago, there was the rumor that R-CALF was established by the big packers. It would be nice to unite with R-CALF to fight the issues we have in common."
Jan Slomp, also of the National Farmers Union in Canada said keep telling them that R-CALF is just a protectionist organization against everything. He said we've been fed this line about continental integration, that increases in exports will benefit ranchers and farmers, and that's just not true.
"We were pleased to learn that Canadian producers support R-CALF's efforts to prevent further concentration in the meatpacking industry and to eliminate anticompetitive cattle procurement practices going on in each of our countries," said R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard. "We look forward to sharing information with Canadian producers that will help both Canada and the U.S. restore competition for all cattle farmers and ranchers."