News Release Article from  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Government of Canada Invests in Goat Traceability and Identification

February 17, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced today an investment of up to $255,487 in order to help the goat industry prepare for mandatory national identification and traceability requirements.

This investment, under the Growing Forward 2 AgriMarketing Program (Assurance Systems stream), will help the Canadian National Goat Federation (CNGF) implement a plan for a mandatory identification and traceability system under the 2015 amendment to the Health of Animals Regulations.

Quick Facts

  • The Canadian National Goat Federation was incorporated in 2003. It is the national representative for Canadian goat producers and is funded by provincial goat organizations.
  • There are approximately 225,000 goats in Canada on 6,000 farms. The primary exports are meat, cheese, and live animals. (Statistics Canada, 2011)
  • The Assurance Systems stream under the AgriMarketing Program helps enhance the competitiveness of the agriculture industry by meeting buyer and market demands for assurance. The stream supports developing national assurance systems or standards for food safety, animal and plant health, market attribute/quality and traceability.

Quotes

"The livestock industry is a key driver of Canada’s economy. The Government of Canada is proud to support goat farmers in their efforts to strengthen the national traceability system."

 – Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay

"I am very pleased that CNGF has received this funding, which will allow us to put in place the necessary components for goat producers for when traceability regulations come into effect."

 – Beth Peers, President of the Canadian National Goat Federation

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Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
613-773-7972
1-866-345-7972
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Canadian National Goat Federation
1-888-839-4271
info@cangoats.ca


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