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British Columbia Ranching Task Force

P.O. Box 9120 STN PROV GOV'T
Victoria, BC V8W 9B4

Enquiry BC:
In Victoria Call: 250 387-6121
In Vancouver Call: 604 660-2421
Elsewhere in B.C. call: 1 800 663-7867
Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD)
In Vancouver call: 604 775-0303
Elsewhere in B.C. call: 1 800 661-8773
(Ask to be transferred to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Agriculture Operations, Ministry of Agriculture)

In May 2009, the Premier announced a new British Columbia Ranching Task Force to identify key issues and opportunities facing the ranching and beef industry in British Columbia, and to make recommendations to ensure a strong, vibrant and sustainable industry in British Columbia for this generation, and future generations.

BC Association of Abattoirs

7578 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Vernon BC, V1B 3R7
Phone: 250 319 2367

Founded in 2009 to collectively address the challenges and build on the opportunities facing provincially licensed producers and processors to provide consumers with safe, high quality meat and poultry products for commercial markets in British Columbia.

B.C. Association of Cattle Feeders

800 15355 24th Ave., Ste 495
White Rock, BC V4A 2H9
877 884 4391 toll free 604 608-3454 fax and messages

The association is supported by its member dues and by the Cattle Industry Development Council/Beef Cattle Industry Development Fund.

Cattle Industry Development Council (CIDC)

#4-10145 Dallas Drive
Kamloops, BC V2C 6T4
Phone: (250) 573-3611
Fax: (250) 573-5155

The CIDC is the group of producer volunteers elected by industry organizations to administer the CIDC check-off, the Beef Cattle Industry Development Fund and the Horn Levy. Council meets quarterly to review operations and consider funding applications.

B.C. Breeder & Feeder Association

5641 Bastin Road,
Quesnel, BC V2J 6R1
Phone: (250)747-8413 (home) (250)992-8483 (work)
Fax: (250)747-8410 (home) (250)992-8489 (work)

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

National Headquarters
1400 Merivale Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9
Tel: 1-800-442-2342/613-225-2342
TTY: 1-800-465-7735

BC Mainland/Interior (includes Yukon)
4321 Still Creek Dr., Suite 400
Burnaby, British Columbia V5C 6S7
Tel: 604-666-6513
Fax: 604-666-1261

British Columbia Cattlemen's Association (BCCA)

#4-10145 Dallas Drive
Kamloops, BC V2C 6T4
Phone (250) 573-3611
Fax (250) 573-5155

The BCCA has been the official voice of cattle ranchers throughout British Columbia since 1929. For more than 80 years, the Association - whose membership is close to 1,200 ranchers - has represented the interests of beef cattle producers in the province of BC. BCCA is proud to work on behalf of approximately 72% of the provincial cattle herd.

Beef in BC Magazine

#4-10145 Dallas Dr
Kamloops, BC V2C 6T4
P 250-573-3611
F 250-573-5155

Since 1986, Beef in BC Magazine has been providing the ranching community with updates on industry issues as well as arts & culture profiles.

Canadian Beef Cattle Check-off Agency

Canadian Beef Cattle Research, Market Development and Promotion Agency
310, 6715 – 8 Street N.E.
Calgary, Alberta T2E 7H7
Tel: 403 275-8558
Fax: 403 274-5686

The national check-off is a mandatory levy of $1 per head collected on cattle sales throughout Canada to fund research and marketing activities on behalf of the entire industry. It is collected from cattle producers when they market their cattle by provincial organizations, using their existing collection systems involving auction markets, order buyers, brand inspectors and others who handle cattle sales.

The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA)

300, 5735 - 7 Street N.E.
Calgary, Alberta T2E 8V3
Toll-Free: 1-877-909-2333
Tel: 403-275-2083
Fax: 403-275-1668

The CCIA is a non-profit, industry led organization established to promote and protect animal health and food safety concerns in the Canadian cattle herd.

Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC)

320, 6715 - 8th Street N.E.
Calgary, Alberta T2E 7H7
Telephone: (403) 730-0350
FAX: (403) 275-8490

The CBBC represents, supports and promotes the Canadian purebred beef cattle industry.

Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC)

310, 6715 - 8th Street NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 7H7
Tel: (403) 275-8558
Fax: (403) 274-5686

The BCRC is Canada's national industry-led funding agency for beef research. The BCRC is funded through a portion of a producer-paid national levy as well as government funding, and is directed by a committee of beef producers from across the country.

Verified Beef Production (VBP)

Verified Beef Production
Canadian Cattlemen's Association
Phone: (306) 737-2290 or (403) 275-8558
Web site:

British Columbia
Phone: (604) 309-3509 (in B.C.) or
Toll free (in BC only): 1-866-398-2848 ext 2
B.C. Cattlemen's Association
Phone: 250-573-3611
Web site:

The VBP is Canada's verified on-farm food safety program for beef – a dynamic program to uphold consumer confidence in the products and good practices of this country's beef producers.

Canada Beef Inc.

Western Office:
310, 6715 – 8th Street N.E.,
Calgary, AB T2E 7H7

Canada Beef Inc. is an independent national organization handling the marketing and promotion of the Canadian cattle and beef industry worldwide. It's efforts to maximize demand for Canadian beef and optimize the value of Canadian beef products are funded by cattle producers through the National Beef Check-Off, which in turn makes it possible to access beef industry market development funds provided by the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta. Canada Beef can often bring further value to producers by leveraging producer and legacy funds against private industry partner contributions for an overall benefit of 9:1 on partner programs.

Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA)

Ste. 310, 6715 – 8th St. NE
Calgary, Alberta
T2E 7H7
Phone: (403) 275-8558
Fax: (403) 274-5686

As the national "voice" of Canada's 63,500 beef farms , the CCA structure represents every phase of the production system; the purebred, cow/calf, backgrounding and feedlot sectors. Our association was founded by producers and is led by a producer-elected board of directors from across Canada. The CCA works with other sectors of the agriculture and food industries on matters of mutual concern.

Canadian Beef Grading Agency (CBGA)

#310, 6715 - 8th Street NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 7H7
Phone (403) 274-0301
Fax (1-888) 582-3888

Canadian Food Inspection Agency - Grading Section
Meat and Poultry Products Division
59 Camelot Drive
Nepean, Ontario K1A 0Y9
Phone (613) 225-2342

The CBGA is a private, non-profit corporation. They have been accredited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to deliver grading services for beef in Canada. The grade standards are set by the Federal Government based on recommendations from the Industry/Government Consultative Committee on Beef Grading.

Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia

Mail: PO Box 8248 Victoria, BC V8W 3R9
Courier: 3rd Floor, 808 Douglas Street Victoria, BC V8W 2Z7.
Phone: (250) 356-1662
Fax: (250) 953-5162

General inquiries about funding:
All other inquiries:

The Investment Agriculture Foundation strategically invests federal and provincial funds in support of innovative projects to benefit the agri-food industry in British Columbia. Funding is available to help the industry seize new opportunities and deal with emerging issues.

Ownership Identification Inc. (OII)

Suite 102 - 1402 McGill Road
Kamloops, BC V2C 1L3

Telephone: (250) 314-9686
Facsimile: (250) 314-9698


British Columbia's brand registration and inspection program protects cattle, horse and bison owners against loss of animals by theft, straying or misappropriation. The program consists of the registration of livestock brands and the inspection of cattle and horses for lawful possession prior to transportation, sale or slaughter. The program is financed in its entirety through brand registration and inspection fees paid by the livestock producers.

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