By Clarence Nywening,CFFO President
The recent cancellation of Ryding-Regency Meat Packers’ licence points out how the current regulatory environment is affecting our livestock producers, and the CFFO has some ideas about how to help fix it.
Our highly integrated livestock industry depends on having all links in the chain running smoothly. When one part of the system is broken, it affects all the other players. These days, livestock producers are really feeling the pain of having not enough places to send their animals.
Some producers are getting discounted prices for animals that are heavy or overweight – something that’s no fault of their own. Some are having to transport their animals over long distances to get to an abattoir. Some are even putting their animals down because there’s nowhere to send them.
We recognize that our rules around food safety and animal welfare must be strict. As Christian farmers, we participate in upholding the high standards for which our industry is known. We are proud of the excellent quality food we provide to consumers.