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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.