|The National Beef Strategy was released in January of 2015 after many discussions across Canada. Provincial cattle associations, including Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association, and five national groups (Canada Beef, Beef Cattle Research Council, Canadian Cattlemen's Association, National Cattle Feeders and the Canadian Beef Breeds Council) agreed that the time had come to develop a strategy to take the Canadian beef industry forward in the areas of productivity, competitiveness, beef demand and connectivity.
The organizations identified several key areas that are important for Canadian beef producers to support. These include; research, market development and promotion for Canadian beef and cattle through the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off.
The Check-Off delivers measurable value to Canadian beef producers, bringing $14 in benefits to producers for every $1 invested through these initiatives across the country.
Desires without a plan are bound to fail.
Part of the process of developing the National Beef Strategy included budgeting to meet the goals that were laid out. To meet these goals, it was decided to increase the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off (national levy) by all involved.
The authority to set these levy levels is both federal and provincial, so each province is responsible to implement the increase.
On April 1, 2018 Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta will all make the increase in the collection of the national levy from $1 per head to $2.50 per head.
This will make the combined check-off collected on Saskatchewan cattle sales $4.50 per head. Aside from changing the amount collected from customers and remit to SCA, we do not anticipate any other changes from your end.
We understand that your systems and staff likely need some lead time to get this in place. SCA will be sending a new remittance form that aligns with the new amounts to help with the implementation of the increase. SCA can provide statement stuffers, posters or content for newsletters or any other communication tools you may have as well. We also encourage you to contact us if there are additional ways that SCA can assist with the transition, or any process improvements that would ensure a successful
SCA recognizes that producers may have questions about the national levy increase, and we do not want those questions to be a burden to your staff or business in general. We encourage you to funnel any questions to our office. You will also find a backgrounder regarding authorities to collect and remit the levies attached.
If you would like further information on the strategy you can find it at beefstrategy.com. One interesting piece there is the Appendix that goes into the comparative checkoffs.
Please do reach out with any questions to Ryder Lee at 306-585-2333.