From the Beef Farmers of Ontario
To The Haldimand Press
This week, delegates attending the Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) 57th annual general meeting (AGM) in Toronto approved a $1.50 increase to the provincial portion of the beef cattle check-off in Ontario with a vote of 87 per cent in favour. BFO will begin the formal process of requesting that the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission amend Regulation 54 of the Beef Cattle Marketing Act, which is a compulsory payment to BFO per head of cattle sold, except for the production of milk or veal. Upon approval, combined with the existing mandatory $1 per head federal agency levy, total Ontario check-off per head will be increased from $4 to $5.50 per head.
Of the approved increase, $1.25 will be dedicated to support a new joint venture between BFO and the Ontario Cattle Feeders’ Association (OCFA) for the development of a marketing committee that will be focused on increasing market penetration of Ontario-branded beef, both at home and abroad. The committee will provide support and promotion for all Ontario beef brands in regional, domestic and international markets by working with farmers and partners in the processing, retail, and foodservice sectors. The remaining 25 cents will be directed to BFO for continued support of producer and consumer engagement activities.