The following resolutions were carried at the 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Beef Farmers of Ontario:
22-01 - MEAT TRAINING BURSARY
Therefore be it resolved that BFO create a bursary to help cover the cost of going to a meat training institution.
22-02 - BUTCHERY AS A SKILLED TRADE
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby the province to have butchery included in the list of skilled trades as defined by Skilled Trades Ontario.
22-03 (A) - ABATTOIR FUNDING ASSISTANCE AND APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO , Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Ontario Federation of Agriculture and The Christian Farmers Association work together to lobby the Ontario Government to provide large scale cost share funding and incentive programs to small and medium scale abattoir facilities who are actively looking to increase staffing levels through apprenticeship training programs. As well as funding initiatives for facilities who are looking to meet or expand capacity limits if their staffing needs can be adequately me
22-03 (B) - ABATTOIR FUNDING ASSISTANCE AND APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work alongside the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in order to promote apprenticeship programs and career opportunities in the abattoir industry.
22-04 - ABATTOIR FUNDING
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby our governments to support the same, to help our industry if there was more competition.
Response to 22-04
22-05 - COMPROMISED CATTLE
Therefore be it resolved that BFO investigate or identify additional options for processing compromised cattle.
22-06 - FEEDER FINANCE EAR NOTCHING
Therefore be it resolved that BFO the requirement for notching be dropped for the Ontario Feeder Finance Co-op for humanitarian and animal welfare reasons.
22-07 (A) - WILD PARSNIP
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby the Ontario Government, Regional Warden’s Councils, ROMA, and other groups to take a more proactive approach with their protocols to control wild parsnip and other noxious weeds on public lands, and along Provincial and Municipal roadsides and ditches, and
Response to 22-07 (A)
22-07 (B) - WILD PARSNIP
Therefore be it resolved that BFO encourage appointed weed inspectors to facilitate the control of Wild Parsnip and other noxious weeds along Provincial and Municipal roadways, and on private properties.
Response to 22-07 (B)
22-08 - STANDARDIZED ENFORCEMENT PROCESS AT AUCTION FACILITIES
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with government agencies to determine or develop a consistent or standardized enforcement process for inspections of cattle at auction facilities.
22-09 - GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR PROCESS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO designate an advocate to help beef producers navigate the government inspection process and how to best deal with provincial and federal inspectors and regulations.
22-10 - NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT ACT
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with other Ontario livestock organizations and OMAFRA to develop possible amendments to the Nutrient Management Act that would simplify and streamline the approval process that identifies lower environmental risk production units to reduce the cost for smaller livestock operations.
22-11 - DEADSTOCK SERVICE DISRUPTION
Therefore be it resolved that BFO consider aggressively pursuing, along with other affected sectors and any University or Government Ministry necessary, a viable logistical and financial solution to this issue.
22-12 - DEADSTOCK END PRODUCT USE
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with industry and, academia to develop profitable products that could be sold (e.g., fertilizers) to strengthen the deadstock/rendering sector.
22-13 - TRANSPARENCY AND HONESTY IN BEEF LABELLING AND MARKETING CLAIMS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby the government to put in place an audit process for label and marketing claims made on beef sold in Ontario.
22-14 - MEAT RESOURCES FOR RETAILERS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO consider an educational non-biased pamphlet and/or hard copy poster or digital graphic that butcher shops, freezer beef retailers, farm fresh/farm gate stores owners/suppliers, restaurants/chefs, can hand out to consumers to educate them on what Ontario cattle eat (e.g. grass, alfalfa, silage, haylage, corn, ration mix, distillers grains etc.) not only so that consumers better understand, but also so consumers can more easily repeat the information and promote the consumption of Ontario beef.
22-15 (A) - PLANT-BASED PROTEIN COMPANIES USING MEAT AND BEEF TERMINOLOGY ON PACKAGING AND IN ADVERTISING
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work alongside CCA, OFA, Christian Farmers of Ontario, National Farmers Union, Ontario Pork and Chicken Farmers of Ontario to put pressure on the CFIA to create clear legislation that will separate meat and beef terminology from that of plant-based protein in order to preserve the Ontario Meat Market and protect retail level consumers from misguided information.
22-15 (B) - PLANT-BASED PROTEIN COMPANIES USING MEAT AND BEEF TERMINOLOGY ON PACKAGING AND IN ADVERTISING
Therefore be it resolved that BFO and the CCA continue to study and release up to date data on the low impact that raising livestock has on greenhouse gas emissions and negative climate change effects in order to educate the public on the important role that livestock plays in the world.
22-15 (C) - PLANT-BASED PROTEIN COMPANIES USING MEAT AND BEEF TERMINOLOGY ON PACKAGING AND IN ADVERTISING
Therefore be it resolved that BFO and the Ontario Government work with the CFIA in order to mandate that animal carcass and meat grading scales be used for meat only, will help create clear lines between what real meat offers versus what plant-based protein is claiming to offer.
22-16 - PAWS INSPECTOR TRAINING
Therefore be it resolved that BFO Engage government to ensure PAWS staff are trained and certified in the general knowledge of livestock and the safe handling and transportation of livestock and government ensure all costs associated with moving and impounding of livestock are within Ontario standards.
22-17 - COMMUNICATION WITH LOCAL BOARDS REGARDING PAWS INVESTIGATIONS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO Animal Advisory Council’s responsibilities be reviewed and revised so that it has direct communication with county board members especially the President and the Advisory Councillor in all livestock welfare cases before the involvement of PAWS.
22-18 - REVIEW OF PAWS ACT
Therefore be it resolved that BFO unite with other livestock commodity groups to review the PAWS act for incidents where livestock is involved during enforcement.
22-19 - VET APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with CCA and accredited Vet colleges to develop an apprenticeship type program for students interested in becoming large animal vets.
22-20 - TRANSFER OF CARE DOCUMENTATION
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with CFIA, meat and Poultry Ont. and producers to provide information and assist in setting up a workable system to obtain signatures and leave copies of these documents or find a work around to eliminate the need to bother employees who are busy on the kill floor when animals are being unloaded at abattoirs.
22-21 - BEEF CATTLE MARKETING ACT - EMAIL COLLECTION
Therefore be it resolved that BFO consider, when BFO next opens the Beef Cattle Marketing Act, BFO asks that Email addresses be included in the information collected by Sales barns, Abattoir and Cattle Dealers on behalf of BFO.
Response to 22-21