Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

April 23, 2014 14:38 ET

Harper Government Invests to Strengthen Beef Industry's Reputation as a World-Class Producer

RUSSELL, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - April 23, 2014) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Mr. Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, today announced an investment of $297,000 to the Manitoba Beef Producers to improve the tools available for monitoring bovine tuberculosis in livestock in the Riding Mountain Eradication Area of Manitoba.

With this investment, Manitoba Beef Producers will work with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to enhance the scientific tools used to detect and eliminate the spread of this disease. This will provide assurance to consumers and trading partners worldwide that Canada remains a top-quality producer of beef. The tools and surveillance methods could also be used in other areas within Canada that are subject to similar recurring disease threats or that are facing new and emerging disease threats.

At the same time, the Government of Canada announced the renewal of Dr. Allan Preston's role as Manitoba's Bovine Tuberculosis Coordinator. Dr. Preston has been engaged since December 2012, in coordinating the tuberculosis eradication efforts in the Riding Mountain Eradication Area and will occupy this position until December 2014.

Quick Facts

  • Manitoba Beef Producers is a not-for-profit organization that represents 8,000 producers across the province.
  • In Canada, bovine tuberculosis is a reportable disease under the Health of Animals Act, and all cases must be reported to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
  • This investment is made through the Assurance Systems stream of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriMarketing Program, a five-year, $341-million initiative under Growing Forward 2.

Quotes

"Our government is committed to safeguarding livestock health and this investment will support the beef sector in the monitoring and mitigating of diseases that affect animal health, ultimately leading to greater exports and increased profits for beef producers."

- Member of Parliament Robert Sopuck

"Manitoba Beef Producers welcomes the federal government's support for this important research project. The Bovine Tuberculosis issue has exacted a heavy economic toll on Manitoba's beef industry. We believe this project - with its focus on factors such as on-farm risk assessments and surveillance - is crucial to moving toward a time when testing is no longer required on live cattle and the disease is ultimately eradicated."

- Heinz Reimer, President of Manitoba Beef Producers

Associated Links

Growing Forward 2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

AgriMarketing Program (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Manitoba Beef Producers

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    Emily Hogeveen
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    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
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