Manitoba Cattle Enhancement Council

Manitoba Cattle Enhancement Council

August 30, 2013 16:20 ET

Collection of Voluntary Cattle Enhancement Levy to End

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Aug. 30, 2013) - The Manitoba Cattle Enhancement Council (MCEC) today announced it will stop collecting the voluntary cattle enhancement levy and will begin winding down its operations starting September 1, 2013.

"The directors and staff at MCEC have gone above and beyond in their efforts to build federally inspected cattle capacity in Manitoba," said Frieda Krpan, recently appointed MCEC Chair. "However, we have agreed that it is in the best interest of Manitoba cattle producers to stop collecting the levy."

According to Krpan, "the need for federally inspected slaughter facilities has not diminished over time, but private investment needs to take the lead."

Producers still have the right to request a refund of the levies they paid over the 12 months preceding September 1, 2013.

MCEC and the Province of Manitoba are working together to make sure that the requested refunds are returned to producers as quickly as possible.

"We acknowledge that this step will be disappointing for some, however, we believe it is the right decision to make at this time," explained Krpan.

Lawyer Anders Bruun has been hired as an independent, third party to work with MCEC on ending the organization's operations.

All Auction Marts will be notified immediately of this change.

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