BFO encourages cattle set-aside program be activated

The Beef Farmers of Ontario is aware of the temporary closure of Cargill Meat Solutions in Guelph.

It’s eastern Canada’s largest federal beef processing plant. The closure, announced late Wednesday, is a result of a number of positive COVID-19 cases detected among employees at the facility.

The BFO has requested that the Ontario Beef Cattle Set-Aside Program be activated for members. The program was announced early this year by government to help manage potential backlogs in processing due to the pandemic.

The program may be triggered as soon as next week.

BFO, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, and the Ontario Cattle Feeders Association are working collectively with both levels of government on other potential short-term measures to help mitigate the fallout from the current situation.