Feds fund beef projects

The federal government is investing $8.3 million to support six projects within the Canadian beef industry.

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canada Beef, the Canadian Beef Breeds Council and the Canadian Angus Association will receive funds through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s federally delivered programs.

Announced by federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau at the Calgary Stampede July 10, the money will support international market development, animal welfare enhancement in the feedlot sector and research and domestic programs like Verified Beef Production Plus and the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

The six funded programs are:

• Canada Beef receives more than $5.3 million for market development, hosting trade missions and attending trade shows.

• The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association receives up to $1.1 million to develop internationally recognized and assurance programs.

• The Verified Beef Production program receives $602,000 to advance the Verified Beef Production Plus program.

• Canadian Beef Breeds Council receives $795,000 to build international markets for beef genetics in established and emerging markets.

• More than $250,000 to help the National Cattle Feeders Association further develop its animal welfare program and build public trust in beef production.

• About $238,000 to help the Canadian Angus Association use genomic tools to select for foot and leg health and improve animal welfare.

Contact barbara.duckworth@producer.com

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