Verified Beef Production Plus

Verified Beef Production Plus

Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is a Canadian beef cattle industry-led program able to provide verification of all aspects of sustainable beef production at the farm and feedlot level. VBP+ is the tool that connects beef production to the broader conversation surrounding sustainability today.

VBP+ is the only on-farm food safety (OFFS) program for beef producers reviewed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Formerly Verified Beef Production (VBP), VBP+ adheres to the founding principles of VBP including being practical, voluntary, affordable, credible and based on recognized audit principals. Producers’ participation in VBP+ helps them prepare to engage in current and future sustainability dialogues and market demands.

VBP+ has and continues to work closely with the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB), a multi-stakeholder initiative to advance sustainability in the Canadian beef industry. Sustainable beef is defined “as a socially responsible, environmentally sound and economically viable product that prioritizes Planet, People, Animals and Progress.” The definition includes all aspects of the beef supply chain.

VBP+ is delivered across all provinces with strong national coordination and management under the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association umbrella. National program delivery and oversight ensures maintenance of a consistent national standard and streamlined delivery of information, training, online tools and resources. Together, these initiatives support the main objectives of the Canadian Beef Advantage (CBA).

The development and delivery of VBP+ is funded through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriAssurance Stream of Growing Forward 2.

For further information, visit the Verified Beef Production Plus website.

The Canadian Beef Cattle On-Farm Biosecurity Standard

The Canadian Beef Cattle On-Farm Biosecurity Standard provides practical and effective on-farm biosecurity practices that, when properly applied and followed, can reduce the risk of impact of endemic diseases and reduce or prevent the risk of a Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) outbreak in the Canadian herd. Developed in consultation with beef cattle producers, industry and government, the Standard is designed specifically for the Canadian beef cattle industry and is applicable to farm level operations of all types and sizes. The Standard is a tool that provides broad risk management guidelines that are practical and science-based and specific to the beef cattle industry. Its focus is on practices and procedures that are of a low-cost to the producer to implement. The general practices and guidelines of the Standard are voluntary.

Download the Canadian Beef Cattle On-Farm Biosecurity Standard [English PDF 420KB / French PDF 435KB]

Download the Standard’s Implementation Manual [English PDF 688KB / French PDF 706KB].

The Canadian Beef Cattle On-Farm Biosecurity Standard is built on four basic principles of on-farm risk reduction: managing and minimizing animal movement risks; managing the movement of people, vehicles, equipment and tools; managing animal health practices; and the biosecurity knowledge/training of personnel on the operation’s biosecurity plan. Each principle has target outcomes that can be achieved in a variety of ways through additional supportive information.

Supportive fact sheets on these principles are available here:

Commingling [English PDF 474KB / French PDF 533KB]
Managing animal health practices [English PDF 985KB / French PDF 911KB]
Managing the movement of people, vehicles, equipment and tools [English PDF 315KB / French PDF 364KB]
Managing the movement of high risk animals [English PDF 626KB / French PDF 682KB]
Educate, plan and record [English PDF 486KB / French PDF 546KB].