Resolution Responses

The following resolutions were carried at the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Beef Farmers of Ontario:

19-01 - OSPCA AND ANIMAL CARE ENFORCEMENT

Therefore be it resolved that BFO take a leadership role in guiding the government to establish a well-trained government run animal welfare inspection team to be put in place to properly handle instances of animal abuse.

Response to 19-01


19-02 - SUPPLY OF FOOD STREAM VETERINARIANS (LARGE ANIMAL)

Therefore be it resolved that BFO in conjunction with other Ontario livestock groups investigate ways to encourage the acceptance and graduation of Food Animal Stream students from the OVC intending to enter into food animal practice in the province before a true shortage occurs.

Response to 19-02


19-03 - PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS TO CONDUCT PREGNANCY CHECKING

Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with CVO to have preg checking removed from a veterinarian only procedure.

In Progress


19-04 - MOBILE SLAUGHTER PILOT

Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby the provincial government to create a pilot project for mobile slaughter that can be blue printed across all parts of Ontario.

In Progress


19-05 - TAXES ON ABATTOIRS

Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby the Ontario Government to investigate and support the reclassification and assessment within the current tax structure in relation to the abattoirs in the province of Ontario.

In Progress


19-06 - SRM COSTS

Therefore be it resolved that BFO in conjunction with CCA lobby the provincial and federal authorities to have these SRM rules investigated, relaxed where possible and harmonized with the US rules where possible.

In Progress


19-07 - FEEDER FINANCE LOAN CAP

Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with Ontario Feeder Finance Program to raise the current number of loans to allow producers more flexibility in buying and selling cattle.

In Progress


19-08 - RMP AND THE CASH ADVANCE PROGRAM

Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby the appropriate entity that the RMP be accepted as security for the Cash Advance Program.

Response to 19-08


19-09 - CATTLE PRODUCTION INSURANCE

Therefore be it resolved that BFO with the assistance of CCA, lobby both the provincial and federal governments for production insurance for beef farmers to cover the production side of their operations.

In Progress


19-10 - EMERGENCY RESPONSE INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPACITY

Therefore be it resolved that BFO partner with other livestock organizations to ensure all regions of the province maintain access to extraction equipment and emergency response trailers, as well as trained individuals prepared to assist first responders in livestock transport emergencies.

In Progress


19-11 - BFO/COUNTY/DISTRICT GOVERNANCE STRUCTURES

Therefore be it resolved that BFO review the electoral/board structure, and county level delegate representation to determine potential strategies that will improve the strength and quality of BFO, their producers, and greater beef industry and report back in a year.

In Progress


19-12 - COUNTY/DISTRICT DIRECTOR TRAINING

Therefore be it resolved that BFO establish a procedure for a director training program to be held in the first month following elections and recommend it to BFO to also initiate this program.

In Progress


19-13 - OMAFRA STAFFING IN NORTHERN ONTARIO

Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby the Ontario Government to replace and retain a full complement of OMAFRA Representatives for Northern Ontario.

In Progress


19-14 - CANDIDATE DIRECTOR ATTENDANCE AT AGM

Therefore be it resolved that BFO require all board candidates to be present at the AGM to be considered eligible for director positions.

In Progress


19-15 - SUPPORT FOR ALGONQUIN COLLEGE AGRICULTURE PROGRAM

Therefore be it resolved that BFO recognize and support the program at Algonquin College Perth anyway that promotes and educates future beef farmers.

In Progress


19-16 - EMERGENCY SLAUGHTER PROCESS

Therefore be it resolved that BFO consider compiling a resource, which includes clear guidelines, explaining the process for accessing Emergency Slaughter Services and for compromised cattle that end up at sales barns.

Response to 19-16


19-17 - BEEF ADVOCACY AND EDUCATION

Therefore be it resolved that BFO use a proposed budgetary increase to form a well-financed group to combat fake news with programs that can be used in schools, for improved beef resources for nutritionists, doctors and other front-line influencers to give them confidence in the real facts to recommend (Ontario) Beef for health and well-being.

Response to 19-17


19-18 - KEMPTVILLE OMAFRA OFFICE

Therefore be it resolved that BFO to lobby the Ontario government to make the Kemptville office fully available to agricultural producers during normal office working hours, with an open door.

In Progress


19-19 - ACCURACY OF BFO MEMBERSHIP LIST

Therefore be it resolved that BFO conduct a review of its membership list(s) with a view to eliminating errors and omissions prior to the end of 2019.

In Progress


19-20 - CCIA PRODUCER PINS

Therefore be it resolved that BFO and CCA work with 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.

In Progress


19-21 - CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH

Therefore be it resolved that BFO research or have it researched what effect cyclic climate change has or should have on their policy and lobby position.

In Progress


19-22 - E-COLI TESTING PROTOCOLS IN PROVINCIAL ABATTOIRS

Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with the Ontario Independent Meat Packers, OMAFRA and producers to establish realistic and practical solutions to mitigate E Coli risk at local abattoirs.

Response to 19-22


19-23 - PENALTIES FOR DIRTY CATTLE

Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with the Ontario Independent Meat Packers, producers and OMAFRA inspectors to establish clear and practical solutions for dirty animals arriving at local abattoirs.

In Progress


19-24 - CANADA FOOD GUIDE CONTENT CRITERIA

Therefore be it resolved that BFO initiate talks with all sectors of Canadian agriculture with the goal of creating a science-based, practical, and realistic food guide containing Canadian grown food.

In Progress


19-25 - MISUSE OF BEEF INDUSTRY TERMINOLOGY

Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with CCA to develop policies around advertiser's misuse of words and phrases associated with the beef industry.

In Progress


19-26 - BCMA FEE COLLECTION AMENDMENT

Therefore be it resolved that BFO take immediate steps to have the Ontario legislature change the act that governs the collection of the beef check off to include the collection of check off at provincial abattoirs and provincial inspected processing plants.

In Progress

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