Young people representing the next generation of the Canadian beef industry recently traveled to Ottawa to talk growth strategies and issues of concern for their sector.

Young Cattlemen's Council (YCC) Alberta Delegate, Kayla Weston from Fort Macleod, was among members who met during the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) annual general meeting in Ottawa from March 20 to 22.

Weston says they visited MP's at Parliament Hill to discuss loans, land availability and succession planning, where they by chance ran into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after question period.

"He definitely wanted to get a picture with us and he talked to us a little bit so that was very neat. We also got to sit on the lobby of both sides, which was also very interesting to understand how they operate."

Weston says people find it refreshing to meet with the future generation who's passionate about the issues they're facing.

She adds the Council is looking to build their membership and help with more strategic planning on industry topics.

"We talked about lots of the main issues in the industry, transportation, traceability, we talked a little bit about the importance of buzzwords, and just the ways things can effect us and how we're going to move through them."

For more information on the Young Cattlemen's Council, you can visit their website.


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