February 9, 2015


US$2.5-million to improve beef production in Manitoba, Canada


A US$2.5 million investment will help to support applied research and develop information and resources focused on sustainable beef production in Canada's Manitoba province.


The investment is part of a US$140.6 million funding under Growing Forward 2, a five-year federal-provincial-territorial policy framework to improve Manitoba's agriculture industry.


"Manitoba's beef producers are committed to managing the health and sustainability of their animals and the land," said Ron Kostyshyn, Manitoba's Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister, who announced the plan with Member of Parliament Larry Maguire (Brandon-Souris).


"Working together with a focus on farm-level research will create valuable information for producers and result in the greatest benefits for the long-term future of the beef sector in Manitoba."


With the investment, government and industry partners will, over the next three years, start a research programme on beef and grassland management; re-establish demonstration farms to share knowledge with farmers and other stakeholders about grassland management, animal feed efficiency and herd health; and organise an industry-led committee to coordinate innovative research and extension activities.


Manitoba Beef Producers will head the project and contribute close to US$80,000 yearly in assistance funds.


Other industry partners include the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association, and Ducks Unlimited Canada, which will be donating a demonstration farm located near Brandon.


Manitoba has the third-largest cow herd in Canada, with cattle and calf sales generating between US$320 million and US$479 million in farm income annually.

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