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CCA Beef Science 'Cluster' in Sustainability Drive

22 August 2013

CANADA – A collaboration of industry experts, scientists and universities is to be led by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association in a $14 million project to boost beef sector sustainability and competitiveness.

Sustainability, welfare and food safety represent some fundamental areas that will be improved by implementing cutting edge Canadian research, through the Beef Cattle Industry Science Cluster.

The industry hopes the project will expand on improvements made through Growing Forward, an $8.7 million project looking at improving ranch profits by bettering feed efficiency and animal health.

Farm data suggests cattlemen were able to cut costs by as much as 45 per cent through swath grazing corn and triticale during winter months, one of the techniques promoted through the Growing Forward.

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association President, Martin Unrau said that the current cluster project should build on the growing forward scheme and further enhance the sustainability of Canadian beef.

This will be achieved by having greater efficiency at the centre of progression, he added.

Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz said: "Working with industry and academia our Government is making strategic investments to help the sector meet the growing global demand for high quality, safe beef and to ensure the Canadian cattle industry remains competitive and sustainable for the future."

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