Western Economic Diversification Canada



Western Economic Diversification Canada

December 06, 2013 10:00 ET

Harper Government Announces Support for Canadian Lamb Industry

Canadian lamb industry adopts electronic instrument meat grading system

Designed and manufactured in Canada, system is first of its kind for the world-wide industry

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Dec. 6, 2013) - The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, joined Saskatchewan lamb producers in Regina today to announce a $1.4 million federal investment to develop and implement a new meat grading system.

The computer indexing and grading protocol offers members of the newly-formed Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative (CLPC) with real-time access to data. Analysis of this information will ultimately lead to increased farm cash receipts through improved flock genetics, better feed management practices and reduced operating costs.

This project assists Canada's lamb industry in attracting the domestic market as well as increasing traceability, which is crucial for exporting Canadian lamb to international markets.

Quick Facts

  • 40% of Canada's sheep flock is located in Western Canada; 30% in Ontario; 25% in Quebec and 5% in Atlantic Canada.

  • World-wide demand for lamb consistently outstrips supply.

Quotes

"Strengthening Canada's lamb industry leads to overall economic growth and long-term prosperity for farmers."

- Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

"This is a very important step forward in increasing the farm cash receipts of lamb producers. The new electronic lamb grading system will facilitate the payment of a premium to CLPC members for higher quality lambs."

- Terry Ackerman, CEO, Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative (CLPC)

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Contact Information

  • Emily Goucher
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of State
    Western Economic Diversification
    613-954-8097
    emily.goucher@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Joanne Mysak
    Communications Manager
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    306-975-5942
    Joanne.mysak@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Terry Ackerman
    Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative
    306-933-7166
    ackerman@cdnlamb.com

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