Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 06, 2011 16:57 ET

Innovation for Beef Feedlot Industry Is All in the Genes

New Management System Helps Feedlot Operators Boost Revenues

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 6, 2011) - Feedlot operators across the country have access to a new management system that will create jobs, increase efficiency and lower production costs. Member of Parliament Brad Trost (Saskatoon-Humboldt) announced today, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, an investment of $750,000 to Quantum Genetics Canada Inc. to commercialize a new technology that is now helping producers send their cattle to market at the optimum time.

"Investing in innovative technologies is a good way to help our producers grow their businesses and also grow our communities," said MP Brad Trost. "This support got a promising new management system off the drawing board and into the market where it is helping producers cut feed costs and deliver a higher-value product to the market."

Quantum Genetics Canada developed a management services system that improves the quality of beef carcass profiles and this funding has helped the company market the system to feedlots across North America.

The tool uses DNA testing and genotyping to help producers and feedlot operators distinguish between genetic variations in beef cattle that are related to growth and fat profiles. These profiles tell feedlot operators the best feeding schedules for the animals. They also
tell feedlot operators when the animal has reached the targeted body fat profile. This prevents feedlot operators from spending additional money keeping the animal on the feedlot unnecessarily and allows them to process more cattle more quickly – and more profitably. It will also help them capture premiums for their product for attributes like marbling and tenderness.

"Quantum Genetics is pleased to accept the investment made by the Agri-Opportunities Program which allowed Quantum to further commercialize our breakthrough technology," said Leigh Marquess, Vice President and COO. "This investment will further advance Quantum Genetics in the field of beef genomics, in turn advancing value creation for primary feedlot producers."

This project is creating 30 jobs in Saskatchewan, generating new revenues for this Canadian-based company and reducing operating costs of feedlot operators.

Funding for this project came from the Agri-Opportunities Program, which focused on commercializing innovative new agri-products, processes or services that are currently not produced or available in Canada and that are ready to be introduced into the marketplace.

For more information on the Agri-Opportunities Program please visit www.agr.gc.ca/agri-opportunities.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
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    Meagan Murdoch
    Director of Communications
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    613-773-1059