Boost For Cattle Genomic Technologies

Boost For Cattle Genomic Technologies

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From a news release

The federal government is investing $1 million to help increase the adoption of genomic technologies in Canada’s cattle sector.

The investment will enable the Canadian Beef Breeds Council to demonstrate to producers the use and value of improving beef herds through genotyping. The project will make genomic testing available for the various breeds at a reduced cost, increasing adoption by producers.

Determining the right genetic mix in their herds will allow producers to increase their return on investment, while accurately predicting traits that benefit consumers and the environment.

“Canada produces some of the best genetics in the world and this is recognized around the globe,” said David Bolduc, President, Canadian Beef Breeds Council. “It is important that we continue to invest in research in emerging technologies such as genomics so we can maintain this pole position and to give producers here in Canada tools with which they can accurately improve the efficiencies of their production.”

Canada’s cattle and beef sector contributes upward of $33 billion to the economy. This project will support ongoing genetic improvement in the beef seed stock sector, a key factor in domestic and international competitiveness.

Canadian Beef Breeds Council members include national breed associations that collectively represent more than 10,000 producers of purebred beef breeding stock.

This investment is being made through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program, a five-year $50.3 million program that ends in 2019.

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