Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Improving Beef Quality

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Feds invest 1.7 million dollars in research to enhance beef cattle quality.


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The federal government is investing 1.7 million dollars in research to enhance the quality of beef cattle

It's a three year project that will use DNA and other genetic data to help producers identify, select and breed cattle that have higher fertility rates.

It is also intended to develop animals with superior growth and feed efficiency.

The results will be shared among beef industry groups -- including the Canadian Beef Breeds Council -- and the improved beef quality will make Canada more competitive on global markets.

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Canada's agriculture minister says the grain industry will be strengthened by ridding the Canadian Wheat Board of its marketing monopoly.

Gerry Ritz says the wheat board's control over the marketing of wheat and barley is an anachronism -- and he insists the organization can survive without it.

Ritz made the comments in a speech at a Winnipeg meeting of the Grain Growers of Canada.

The minister later told reporters that Parliament can break up the monopoly without a vote by wheat board members.

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But Critics say abolishing the monopoly of the Canadian Wheat Board could be devastating for the Hudson Bay town of Churchill in Manitoba.

The town's mayor and the federal N-D-P say the polar bear capital of Canada relies heavily on wheat shipments and some 200 jobs hang in the balance.

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Grain handler Viterra says it will expand its Gull Lake terminal in Saskatchewan -- a decision it expects will significantly increase capacity.

The Calgary based company says it will now use 112 C-P rail cars -- up from a previous 56 cars.

Terminal storage has been increased by 37 per cent.

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The Canadian Wheat Board and Canada Bread Company have signed a branding deal to promote Prairie grain across the country.

The board's motto -- "Canadian Wheat Makes it Good'' -- and the maple leaf logo will appear on bags of Dempster's WholeGrains bread.

It will also appear in national TV commercials, print advertising, in-store promotions and online material.

In 2010, Canada Bread had sales of 1.6 billion dollars.

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And the federal and Alberta governments have announced an investment of more than 3.3 million dollars towards the Crop Pest Surveillance System.

The industry is also contributing a total of 1.8 million.

The system is meant help protect crops by ensuring early detection and identification of harmful insects, diseases and weeds.


 


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