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Finance committee  We'd like to thank you for allowing us to appear before this committee. My name is Bob Lowe, and I'm a rancher and feedlot operator in southern Alberta. I am also the current president of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, the national voice of Canada's 60,000 beef operations

April 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Bob Lowe

Finance committee  Okay. If we haven't done that, we will.

April 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Bob Lowe

Finance committee  John, it's good to see you here. That would help. If they took out the thresholds and eliminated the narrow little guidelines, some of these programs would work, CEBA being one. The payroll requirement is between $20,000 and $1.5 million, and if you're at the $1.5-million mark,

April 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Bob Lowe

Finance committee  I will move this to Dennis. He's more the numbers guy than I am. Dennis.

April 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Bob Lowe

Finance committee  No, not with the current premium structure, the reason being that nobody's going to take it out. Nobody's going to take out the insurance, because the premiums just cost too much money. It doesn't make sense. The increase in the premiums is caused completely by the volatility i

April 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Bob Lowe

Finance committee  If the emergency part of this is that cow-calf producers.... There are three parts to the price insurance. There's the fed, the feeder and the cow-calf. For cow-calf producers right now, calves are being born, and there's a deadline for when they can insure their calf crop as the

April 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Bob Lowe

Finance committee  I'll move that along to Dennis, given that he's the guy who designed it.

April 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Bob Lowe

Industry committee  Thank you, Madam Chair, and I thank everyone on the committee for allowing us to testify here. Good afternoon. My name is Bob Lowe and I'm a rancher and feedlot owner in southern Alberta. I'm also the current president of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, the national voice

May 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Bob Lowe

Industry committee  The basic suite of BRMs don't work for the cattle industry. They never have. Now there's an opportunity to fix it so it does. What we're looking for is the government to do something to carry us into the future, so when this happens again, everything's on the shelf and we just p

May 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Bob Lowe

Industry committee  Like Fawn, I can't speak for the Alberta government any more than I can speak for the federal government. I think everybody will agree that all governments have been exceedingly silent, and that's bothersome to us in the industry, the lack of communication from all levels of gove

May 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Bob Lowe

Industry committee  Sure. As we've heard, pork and poultry have a shorter time frame. The beef sector is longer. One of the reasons we want to increase advance payments out to three years is that it covers the cycle of beef. However, as producers, there is not a producer on the planet who will talk

May 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Bob Lowe

Industry committee  I was waiting for you to jump in. If we could get the federal and provincial inspections to be the same, that would of course help a bunch. More beef could be processed at smaller plants and be eligible for export interprovincially or internationally. It's something that I've be

May 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Bob Lowe

Industry committee  I think we're going to say the same thing. I have not heard anything about that specifically, so I really can't answer that.

May 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Bob Lowe

Industry committee  I've been wondering that myself. Two years ago when I was really involved in that, we got AgriRecovery going really quickly. It just happened a lot faster and I don't know why.

May 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Bob Lowe

Industry committee  Yes, it is.

May 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Bob Lowe