Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

April 10, 2006 11:45 ET

Government of Canada Supports Market Development for Canadian Livestock Genetics

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 10, 2006) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has contributed $503,000 to the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (CLGA) to support international market development for livestock genetics.

Funded through the Genetics Marketing Program, this contribution supports market development and opportunities for Canadian producers as the CLGA adjusts its strategies to overcome the challenges of the post Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) environment. As part of its strategy, the CLGA is hosting an international conference on dairy genetics in Ottawa, November 5-7 of this year. With the theme "Endless Performance," the focus will be on Canada's world-leading dairy genetics industry and its continuing efforts to meet the current and future needs of dairy producers. The conference will bring together Canadian and international experts in the fields of genetic improvement, management, trade, marketing and health.

"One of my priorities is to maximize opportunities for industry that allow rural Canadians to prosper and be competitive in the global marketplace," said Minister Strahl. "There have been many obstacles on the road to recovery from BSE in Canada and I am pleased that my government can support the CLGA in its efforts to move the industry forward."

These funds will support the organization's goal to stimulate growth for genetic products in its target export markets.

"Our organization is grateful for the federal government's cooperation and encouragement to help us maximize market access for Canadian genetic products," said CLGA President Steve Jones. "The goal of our members has always been to breed profitable animals of the highest quality; a reputation that is known around the world."

As one of the measures introduced to support the transformation of the Canadian cattle and other ruminants industry, the Genetics Marketing Program supports the livestock and other ruminants genetics sectors to meet the challenges of developing export markets in a post-BSE environment.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Media Relations
    (613) 759-7972
    Minister Strahl's Office
    Jeff Howard
    Press Secretary
    (613) 759-1059
    Canadian Livestock Genetics Association
    (519) 821-5200