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Govt Investing in Future of Canadian Beef

12 July 2019

CANADA - This week, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, attended the Calgary Stampede where she announced an investment of $8.3 million for six projects that will help support Canada’s world-class beef industry.

The investments will help producers become more competitive and provide them with the tools they need to remain sustainable and innovative.

Through these projects, organisations such as the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and Canada Beef will develop and strengthen international market opportunities for their high quality products, bolster Canada’s global beef brand, and ensure the highest standards in animal welfare and sustainability are maintained.

The largest portion of this investment, $5.3 million, is going towards Canada Beef to grow beef sales in important international markets, by expanding programmes with retail partners and increase foreign consumer confidence in Canadian beef.

This funding will help the Canadian beef sector further capitalise on the trade agreement the Government of Canada has advanced with Europe, the Asia-Pacific, and North America.

This also includes an investment of $1.7 million to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association to offer producers new tools to build public trust in their product around the world. This funding will help all producers take full advantage of the Verified Beef Production Plus Programme.

Ms Bibeau said, "Our Government is proud to be working with industry to ensure Canada’s beef sector remains a strong driver of our nation’s prosperity and continues creating good jobs for our middle class.

"This investment will help grow markets, increase public trust in beef products, and harness the full power of the Canada beef brand here and around the world."

Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, said, "By diversifying Canadian trade and encouraging innovation in the beef industry, we continue to promote Canada as world leaders in cattle production and to create new opportunities for the agriculture industry to grow the economy."

Kent Hehr, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, said, "I’m incredibly proud to be from a region of Canada so well known for its high quality beef products. With an export value of $2.75 billion, the beef industry is a key driver of the agricultural economy here and across the country."

Michael Young, President of Canada Beef, said, "Canada Beef is pleased to partner with the Government of Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership programme to fund and deliver important international Canadian beef market development programmes that will help ensure the continued growth and success of the Canadian beef industry.

"Canada Beef shares the Government’s vision for significant growth in agricultural exports over the next five years. International markets add over $600 per head in additional value to the beef animal and helps the beef industry to be a significant driver for economic growth."

Anne Wasko, Chair of CRSB and Cecilie Fleming and Chair of the VBP+ Management Committee, said, "The investments administered through the CCA will support the work of both the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) and the Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) Programme, which, taken together will maintain Canada’s global leadership position in beef sustainability.

"This will facilitate continual improvement in the Canadian beef industry by measuring and tracking sustainability outcomes and support implementation of our Certified Sustainable Beef Framework.

"VBP+ will provide more tools to Canadian beef producers through enhanced producer training, improved database management and industry equivalencies with similar programmes, and assurances for buyers that certified beef cattle operations adhere to the highest standards of food safety, biosecurity, animal care and environmental stewardship."

Roger Peters, President of Canadian Beef Breeds Council, added, "The continued support from the Government of Canada will create new opportunities to develop international markets that will produce an ongoing economic benefit for the Canadian beef genetics industry."

Janice Tranberg, President and CEO of Alberta Cattle Feeders Association, said, "The National Cattle Feeders’ Association (NCFA) wishes to thank the Canadian Agricultural Partnership for the funds that made the internationally recognised welfare certification programmes - Canadian Feedlot Animal Care Assessment Programme and Animal Feedlot Care Programme - a reality.

"Canadian cattle feeders prioritise animal welfare; and these programmes give our beef producers social license to operate and ensure consumer confidence in our production and our products.

"The programme’s education and training, along with improvement and continual implementation of certifiable animal welfare standards across Canada ensure that animals in the feeding sector are raised humanely."

Myles Immerkar, CEO of Canadian Angus Association, said, "The support from the CAP will provide the CAA with the ability to conduct new research on a number of economically important traits relating to improving the efficiencies and productivity of the Canadian beef breeder.

"Currently the tools to measure, select and improve these economically critical traits are not available to the beef breeder and the development of these tools and the improvement in these traits will continue to impact the functionality of the Canadian cowherd."

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