According to the Canadian Meat Council (CMC), there are currently over 150 loads of Canadian beef unable to pass the Coutts/Sweetgrass border crossing.
“The longer this takes, it will cause more supply chain issues and this will affect everyone from producer to consumer,” said a CMC statement on Monday.
“The beef industry is aware of the situation evolving at the Canada-U.S. border crossing,” said Dr. Melanie Wowk, veterinarian, producer and Chair of ABP. “Our focus remains on the people who are affected by immediate delays to the beef supply chain and ensuring the welfare of animals. Further impacts to cattle prices must be avoided.”
“The reliability of a stable supply chain is essential to Canadian beef production,” said Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Bob Lowe on Monday.
“Early in the pandemic, food production and the food supply chain were labelled essential services and critical infrastructure in Canada. Transportation delays can severely impact the beef supply chain on everything from animal feed through to the transport of cattle. We continue to monitor the impacts of transportation delays and are working with the Government of Canada and other stakeholders to keep the beef supply chain moving.”