Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Government of Canada

Government of Canada

August 12, 2016 17:16 ET

Researching New Forage Mixtures to Enhance Cattle Sector Competitiveness

VILLE-MARIE, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 12, 2016) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Parliamentary Secretary Jean-Claude Poissant, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, today announced a contribution of $97,500 to Agriculture nordique axée sur la production bovine (ANPB), to examine the agronomic and economic potential of new forage mixtures suited to northern climates in Eastern Canada. He made the announcement at the 15th anniversary of the Foire gourmande in Ville-Marie.

Researchers from the Abitibi-Témiscamingue's Agri-Food Research Station (University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)), and two AAFC Research and Development Centres (Québec, Quebec and Kentville, Nova Scotia) have collaborated on this innovation project. The Producteurs de bovins du Québec, and Fondation de l'UQAT are also contributing to this project. The research is intended to boost cattle producers' bottom line, and enhance the competitiveness of Canada's cattle sector.

Quick facts

  • Raising beef cattle is an important economic activity in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, generating $25 million in annual cash receipts - roughly a quarter of all regional farm cash receipts
  • ANPB brings together stakeholders from the cattle sector in Abitibi-Témiscamingue providing leadership in the production, processing, distribution and marketing of a differentiated beef that meets consumer demands.
  • This contribution was provided through Growing Forward 2 AgriInnovation Program, a five-year $698-million initiative.

Quotes

"Innovation is a priority for the Government of Canada. This research is a great example of cooperation between the industry, academia and government to develop innovative and cost-effective feed solutions, resulting in greater returns for cattle producers, and a stronger Canadian economy."

- Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

"While animal feed represents more than 50 per cent of total expenditures of the cow-calf sector, the vast majority of which are related to machinery, extending the grazing season is a major economic issue for the profitability of these businesses. It is to address this issue that a number of partners have contributed to the project."

- Maurice Migneault, President, ANPB

Additional links

Growing Forward 2 - Agriculture and Agri-food Canada

AgriInnovation - Agriculture and Agri-food Canada

UQAT - Agriculture nordique axée sur la production bovine

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Contact Information

  • Guy Gallant
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay
    613-773-1059

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972

    Stephanie Duchesne
    Director, Communications Service
    UQAT
    819-762-0971, extension 2222