The following resolutions were carried at the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Beef Farmers of Ontario:
18-01 - SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL CHECK-OFF INCREASE
Therefore be it resolved that BFO support the increase to the national check-off from $1.00 per head marketed to $2.50 per head marketed for marketing, research and issues management, and that BFO take the required action necessary to implement as soon as possible.
18-02 - ONTARIO BEEF CATTLE MARKETING ACT
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby to make changes to the Ontario Beef Cattle Marketing Act that all animals entering an abattoir will trigger a check-off event.
18-03 - IMPORTED BEEF LABELLING
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby CFIA to make labelling these imported beef products less confusing for the consumer.
18-04 - BEEF PROMOTION AT RETAIL
Therefore be it resolved that BFO communicate with merchant chains who sell beef, encouraging them to give the product a higher profile for the consumers to consider.
18-05 - LOCAL ABATTOIRS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO promote a resurgence in local abattoirs.
18-06 - TRACEABILITY IMPLEMENTATION
Therefore be it resolved that BFO adopt a position that traceability, including the flow of information such as carcass data, be fully implemented within five years or be abandoned.
Response to 18-06
18-07 - ACCESS TO VETERINARIAN SERVICES
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby the provincial government to solve the problem by ensuring that all areas of the province have an available veterinarian and are sufficiently serviced.
18-08 - LIVESTOCK MEDICINES COURSE
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby for the creation or reintroduction of the Livestock Medicines course to provide training/certification for farmers.
Response to 18-08
18-09 - AGE VERIFICATION METHODS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO consider a review and investigation of the regulations surrounding determination of over thirty month (OTM) age cattle, and that there be enforcement of documented age verification over dentition.
18-10 - CCIA PINS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with CCA and CCIA to investigate the feasibility of using CCIA packer PINs for direct to packer sales on shipping manifests as an alternative to applying missing RFID tags to cattle.
Response to 18-10
18-11 - ONTARIO WILDLIFE DAMAGE COMPENSATION PROGRAM
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby on behalf of beef producers to have the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program process be more transparent in how damage claims are dealt with and to provide timely payments when approved.
Response to 18-11
18-12 - PREDATION MANAGEMENT
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby the provincial government to enhance the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program and put incentives in place to remove nuisance wildlife.
Response to 18-12
18-13 - FARM PRODUCTS MARKETING COMMISSION - DAIRY BOB CALVES
Therefore be it resolved that BFO continue to appeal to the Farm Products Marketing Commission that the license fee collected on dairy bob calves is the property of BFO.
18-14 - INFORMATION FLOW
Therefore be it resolved that BFO actively pursue options that would incentivize or, if necessary, mandate the flow of information (including, for example, price and carcass data) to all sectors in the supply chain.
18-15 - DATA COLLECTION AND MANAGEMENT
Therefore be it resolved that BFO act to provide producers with access to a comprehensive data capture and management system.
18-16 - ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF AGRICULTURE RESEARCH
Therefore be it resolved that BFO does the research and builds the base of knowledge of agriculture’s effect on the environment in Ontario.
18-17 - HOT IRON BRANDING
Therefore be it resolved that BFO move to ban the use of hot iron branding in Ontario for all types of cattle in the province.
Response to 18-17
18-18 - ONTARIO FEEDER CATTLE LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM LOBBY
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with the Ontario Feeder Finance Committee to continue lobbying the Minister of Agriculture and OMAFRA for positive changes to the Ontario Feeder Cattle Loan Guarantee Program in a timely manner.
Response to 18-18
18-19 - SUPPORT FOR COW HERD EXPANSION
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby for and coordinate similar funding to allow all Ontario beef producers to be on a level playing field with access to similar funding for industry growth and expansion to promote sustainability.
18-21 - TIMING OF INELIGIBLE SHARECOST EXPENSES
Therefore be it resolved that BFO should BFO’s Board of Directors reduce eligible amounts or make changes that reduce eligible initiatives or expenses, that these reductions/changes be communicated to all Counties in April of the year approved, but become effective in January of the following year.
Refer to General Farm Organizations
18-20 - EMERGENCY IDENTIFICATION
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with municipalities to ensure that signs can be installed at no cost if requested by property owners.
Response to 18-20