Sask. groups eye single cattle organization

Representatives of Saskatchewan’s two provincial cattle producer groups have laid out a plan to consolidate into one organization.

The strategy, released Monday, offers details on the proposed structure and purpose of a new association, from election of directors to the administration of funds.

The Saskatchewan Cattle Feeders Association membership endorsed the idea at its annual meeting in January, while the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, at its semi-annual meeting in January, agreed to put a draft proposal to a vote at its full annual meeting June 15 to 17 in Saskatoon.

The plan, outlined by SCFA’s Bob Ivey, interim chair of what’s proposed to be called the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, includes:

  • democratic representation of every producer in the province who pays into the SCA checkoff, with no need for formal membership;
  • an election process based on geographic districts;
  • the current refundable levy fee structure continuing, but with a transfer of administration of the checkoff from the Cattle Marketing Deductions Act to the Agri-Food Act; and
  • an organizational structure designed to “minimize administration costs.”

Organizers said in a release Monday that the SCA was formed out of an independent study on the Saskatchewan beef cattle industry. That study described what it called inefficiencies in the current system and recommended a “more collaborative” approach from the province’s cattle producers.

Janice Bruynooghe of Spring Creek Land and Cattle Consulting, the company hired to facilitate and direct the process, described Monday’s unveiled plan as another step in the consultative process and said input from producers will still be sought.

“We have been working with producers and government to develop a plan that will assist every cattle producer in the province, no matter where they sit in the value chain,” she said in Monday’s release.

“This is an evolutionary process, and we need input to ensure the needs of the industry are not only met, but exceeded, with this new association.”

As currently structured, the SSGA and SCFA between them have about 750 members, according to the strategic plan document.

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