B.C. Cattlemen's Association says TPP a 'must' for industry

By Chad Klassen
May 10, 2016 - 5:14pm Updated: May 10, 2016 - 5:46pm

KAMLOOPS — The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim countries signed off in February, has not been ratified by the Liberal government. But the B.C. Cattlemen's Association says it's an essential deal moving forward.

The Cattlemen's Association says local ranchers, and others across the country, stand to gain big with the partnership, opening up new markets for Canadian cattle to be sold.

"For the beef industry, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a must," says General Manager of the B.C. Cattlemen's Association Kevin Boone. "It's opening up that door to Japan and putting us on an even playing field with the 12 other countries involved."

"It will help our industry by quite a bit, possibly tripling some of our markets into those areas, so any time we have a market open up, it gives us opportunity to sell not only more animals but get a higher cut-out value for them."

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