July 11, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The Canadian beef sector is a strong economic driver, accounting for $9 billion
in farm cash receipts in 2017. Exports of Canadian beef and cattle totalled nearly
$2.41 billion in 2017. Canadian beef producers are working hard to ensure they continue
to create good, middle-class jobs while expanding markets for their safe, high-quality
While attending the Calgary Stampede, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food,
Lawrence MacAulay, announced an investment of up to $14 million to the Beef Cattle
Research Council (BCRC), a division of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA),
under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriScience Clusters. The BCRC will
contribute up to an additional $7.6 million, for a total investment of up to $21
Funding for the Sustainable Beef and Forage Science Cluster will be used for activities
focussed on improving the sustainability of Canadian beef and forage production,
growing beef exports and supplying high-quality Canadian beef to people around the
world. The Beef Cluster was funded under two previous agricultural policy frameworks.
The previous research activities, which looked at genetics, feed efficiency, forages
and animal health, have contributed to a strong and more competitive beef sector
and sustained producer profitability.
Today's announcement is part of the Minister's cross country ‘Growing Canadian Agriculture'
tour which started in Quebec in mid June and ends in B.C. on July 17.
The Minister is meeting with farmers, processors and industry leaders, and will
also participate in rural agricultural events, to highlight strategic federal agricultural
investments and programs - including those recently launched under the Canadian
Agricultural Partnership—and how they will help to build an even stronger and more
innovative sector for Canada.
"Canadian farmers and ranchers know the importance of innovation in maintaining
their competitiveness, and that's especially true in Canada's beef sector. Investments
in research deliver real results, and help to ensure our beef farmers continue to
raise top quality beef that consumers have come to expect. Today's investment will
help our industry capture the exciting opportunities that lie ahead around the world."
- Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
"The science-based knowledge and innovations that result from this investment will
work to responsibly increase production while enhancing industry competitiveness
and public trust, advancing the economic, social and environmental sustainability
of Canada's beef sector. A prosperous beef sector not only benefits farmers and
ranchers across Canada, it maintains grazing lands that are important to preserve
for their role in carbon sequestration, biodiversity, and wildlife habitat." - Ryan
Beierbach, Chair of the Beef Cattle Research Council and rancher near Whitewood,
- There were 11.52 million cattle and calves in 2017 on approximately 74 thousand
farms and ranches in Canada. Farm cash receipts from the sale of cattle and calves
in 2017 totalled $9 billion.
- The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal,
provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food
sector. The Partnership builds on Growing Forward 2, the previous five-year agreement
that ended on March 31, 2018.
- The Partnership includes programs and activities to enhance the competitiveness
of the sector through research, science and innovation. Through the AgriScience
Program, a five-year, up to up to $338 million initiative, the government is supporting
leading edge discovery and applied science, and innovation driven by industry research