Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

March 16, 2011 13:00 ET

Federal Investment Supports Commercialization of Livestock Genomics Technology

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) - The Government of Canada is supporting the commercialization of new genomics technologies that will reduce costs, enhance product quality, and increase the international competitiveness of the Canadian livestock industry.

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, today announced an investment of $3,539,000 towards the establishment of a service laboratory in Edmonton to provide genomics technologies to the livestock breeding and production sectors across Canada.

"By providing access to important technologies and services, this facility will help the Canadian livestock industry to produce higher quality and more cost-efficient products," said Minister Yelich. "This means that producers can grow and create even more jobs and opportunity in our communities."

The new facility, a spin off from the University of Alberta's Livestock Gentec Program, will commercialize new technologies and provide genomics services to livestock producers. The use of genomics can create significant benefits for livestock production, such as enabling producers to choose the best feed regime for their cattle and breeding healthier, hardier stock.

"This endeavour will ensure that technology developed in Canada can be used to maximum advantage by the Canadian livestock sector by providing cost effective proven technologies to the industry", says Professor Stephen Moore, CEO of Livestock Gentec, the University of Alberta Centre that has undertaken much of the research to develop the technologies.

Federal funding provided through Western Economic Diversification Canada is directed towards equipment and operating costs associated with the new service laboratory.

Western Economic Diversification Canada works with the provinces, industry associations and communities to promote the development and diversification of the western economy, coordinates federal economic activities in the West and advances the interests of western Canadians in national decision making.

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The Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, is investing $3,539,000 towards establishing a new service laboratory in Edmonton. The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced funding for the initiative, which will contribute to the profitability and competitiveness of the Canadian livestock industry by providing producers with access to new technologies and services. 

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Contact Information

  • Western Economic Diversification Canada
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Donna Kinley, Manager
    Consultations, Marketing & Communications
    780-495-6892 or Cell: 780-991-7432
    or
    Marita Hobman
    Executive Director
    Financial Operations and Strategic Development
    Livestock Gentec
    780-492-4319 or Cell: 780-975-3394
    or
    Toll-Free Number: 1 888 338-WEST (9378)
    Web Site: WD is online at www.wd-deo.gc.ca