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Beef competitiveness threatened

Source: Barbara Duckworth, Producer.com, January 17, 2020

The Alberta beef industry can compete within the North American market but there are some impediments on the horizon that could restrict future growth.

Commissioned by the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association and Alberta Beef Producers, the industry competitiveness study compared the province’s position to Texas, Nebraska and Kansas. Those are large beef-producing states with a similar environment to Alberta.

The result is a comprehensive overview of the value as well as the challenges. Higher taxes, a shrinking cow herd, labour issues and high land values all add costs that may not be experienced in other major beef-producing regions.

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