Federal investment in beef cattle research will benefit industry

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is very pleased with the more than $6 million in funding for the Beef Cattle Science Research Cluster announced today by Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

The Cluster includes an expert advisory group whose work will help to advance the competitiveness and sustainability of the beef cattle industry. The Cluster’s priority areas include the continued improvement to Canada’s beef product through enhanced beef quality and improved food safety interventions as well as strengthening industry’s commitment to improving production efficiencies.

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association President Brad Wildeman said the cattle industry has been working in recent months to coordinate ongoing research into a collaborative research plan that delivers real results to cattle producers. Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction, he said.

“The long term sustainability of our industry depends on research that focuses on competitiveness issues like reducing production costs and increasing feed efficiencies, and all those things only occur by investing in worthwhile research,” said Wildeman.

The investment, announced by Ritz during the CCA’s Annual General Meeting in Ottawa, will support the CCA’s contribution of nearly $1.2 million. Provincial government partners will also contribute nearly $464,000.