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Alberta Reduces Regulatory Costs For Cattle Producers

23 February 2010

CANADA - To help reduce regulatory burden on producers, the Alberta government is reviewing the existing regulatory process to identify barriers that add unnecessary costs and reduce competitiveness for our agricultural industry.

As a first step in this review, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development will provide a grant of $25,000 to Livestock Identification Services to cover the cost of livestock inspection for Alberta beef producers who graze their cattle in Saskatchewan or British Columbia. This initiative will reduce trade barriers between provinces, lower production costs, and ease the regulatory burden for producers.

“Cattle producers are telling me that there are layers of unnecessary government rules and regulations that prevent our industry from achieving our overall goals of achieving a profitable beef industry,” said Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Jack Hayden. “Providing this $25,000 grant is one small step of many that we need to take to reduce the regulatory burden for our producers.”

The grant will cover inspection costs of cattle that temporarily move into Saskatchewan or British Columbia for the 2010 grazing season which starts in April. Traditionally, about 25,000 head of cattle move between the provinces for seasonal grazing.

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