Sask. cattle farmers support premier's A&W tweet

By Britton Gray/CJME News Staff
November 25, 2016 - 10:13am

Cattle farmers are showing their support for the premier and his beef with A&W.

A&W advertises that their burgers only use beef that is raised without the use hormones and steroids, which some farmers are calling misleading.

“It casts a lot of doubt on the whole rest of the industry and there’s a whole lot of research and development that these are safe products that we use and the hormones are naturally occurring hormones that are used and the in the animals naturally,” said Larry Toner who farms near Kelfield, Sask. who was in Regina for Agribition. “To say that their product is hormone free is incorrect, there are naturally occurring hormones in them all the time.”

The restaurant chain does get some of its beef from Canada, but also from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand as well.

On his twitter account, Premier Brad Wall called out the hamburger chain after one of their latest ads.

“There is another ad from @AWCanada promoting non-Canadian beef. Guess we can support Cdn beef restaurants like @McDonalds”

Cattle farmers, who are in Regina for the Canadian Western Agribition, have voiced their support for the premier.

“I totally agree with that he had to say,” said Shaun Bryce, who has been farming Angus cattle since 1968.

“I am 100 per cent in favour of what Brad Wall’s doing, 100 per cent. He’s for us and our business and I’m 100 per cent in favour of what he does,” said Chad, who has a farm north of Regina.

“Good on him, I guess. He should be sticking up for people in the province,” Mike Fellner who farms south of Weyburn.

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