Mad Cows/Mad Politics?

Well, spending the weekend with a rancher/farmer hit hard by BSE got me to thinking more about the whole Mad Cow thing… for a city dweller like myself, especially one in Yellowknife where the nearest cattle are likely 1000 km away – it’s easy to ignore the whole thing. I did some searching yesterday and was amazed at how little current news there is on the subject. Ranchers have seen their cattle prices drop by huge amounts (50-80%?)and are still waiting for the US border to open, Canada still imports beef from a variety of countries (mostly the US), and consumers like me are still paying basically the same price at the grocery store… someone is making a killing off this whole thing, both in the US and her in Canada, that is for sure. It’s also really annoying how it seems to be all political now…

I did find some interesting things in my search, and this morning there was a new article on CBC’s website… see the links below if you’re interested. One thing is for sure – I am enjoying my beef these days – straight from a ranch in Saskatchewan (thanks Elwood & Debbie!)… and think more people like me need to think about this issue, and imagine if what things would look like if we lost over 50% of our income… our Canadian beef tastes better anyway, so why are we eating US or Australian meat? Ok – my rant is over now, but here are those links. One more thing – if you’re interested in some really good beef… let me know – I might be able to hook you up for a good price! Best T-BONE steaks you ever had… 😉

Cattleman’s Association Website – with daily BSE updates: http://www.cattle.ca
Today’s article from CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2004/08/19/cattleherd040819.html
Here’s a sampling from an interesting article at Stats Canada: Consumers
Retail prices didn’t match price declines for cattle: “Consumers did see a drop in the price of beef at the retail level. However, the decline amounted to less than half of the drop in cattle prices…. According to the Consumer Price Index, retail beef prices did decline 14% between May and September 2003, reaching their lowest levels since January 2001. But this decline was far short of the 50% drop in cattle prices. ” See the whole article at: http://www.statcan.ca/english/research/11-621-MIE/11-621-MIE2004010.htm#3

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One Response to Mad Cows/Mad Politics?

  1. Kara says:

    Interesting stats. It’s nice to hear about Canadian info, but better to hear about you guys! Hey, would love some good Canadian beef. Here, the tropical cows have little fat on them and when you fry up ground beef, you have to add oil!

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