Alberta Cattle Ranchers Worried About Border Disruptions

Groups representing ranchers and feedlot operators in Alberta are concerned that ongoing border disruptions may hurt an agricultural sector already struggling from COVID-19. A days-long demonstration is tied to an ongoing nationwide protest over federal rules for unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated truckers coming into Canada from the U.S. Several trucks have blocked the border crossing into the U.S., although protestors opened one lane going in each direction last week. The CBC says only limited amounts of traffic are getting into Montana. The Alberta Beef Producers, the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association spoke out last week, calling for a “timely resolution and the restoration of our essential supply chain.” In a joint statement, the groups say, “Every day the industry is unable to move cattle, beef, or access feed, puts the entire supply chain at risk.” Before the protest, the Alberta ag sector had dealt with trucking shortages and limited rail access.

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