News Release Article from  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Promoting Genomic Technology in Cattle Sector

February 25, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay announced today a $1 million investment by the Government of Canada to increase 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.

Quick facts

  • 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 (CBBC) 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 (CAAP), a five-year $50.3 million program that ends in 2019.


"Canada's beef sector contributes significantly to the country's economy. Investments in genomic testing offer producers a science-based approach to improve the selection of beef breeds for improved productivity and quality."

- Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

"Canada produces some of the best genetics in the world and this is recognised around the globe. 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. We are very grateful for this support from AAFC and look forward to delivering some exciting results."

- David Bolduc, President, Canadian Beef Breeds Council

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John J. Crowley
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Canadian Beef Breeds Council

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