November 3, 2017 – Toronto, ON – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
More Canadian livestock will be raised outside of Canada using prized Canadian genetics.
Farmers around the world demand Canada's superior livestock breeds so they can raise
cows and goats that produce more milk, and sheep, which produce more meat, for example.
Budget 2017 identifies agriculture as a key growth industry, and targets investments
that will help the sector build on its competitive strengths and chart Canada's
path to prosperity.
A $3 million federal investment to the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (CLGA)
will help exporters develop and expand new markets for Canadian livestock genetics.
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay made the announcement today,
along with the Member of Parliament for Markham-Thornhill Mary Ng at the 95th Royal
Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, where Canada's top livestock breeders compete.
The focus of the project will be on exports of dairy, sheep and goat genetics, which
in 2016 generated exports of over $150 million dollars. The CLGA is looking to increase
those exports to over $200 million through trade missions, training and promotion.
The Government of Canada is working hard to grow our markets internationally. Later
this month, Minister MacAulay will be leading a trade mission to China, which is
looking to our livestock genetics to increase their agricultural production.
"Farmers around the world want Canadian breeds of livestock, because they are recognized
worldwide for their high quality. This investment will help Canadian livestock genetics
exporters access new and emerging markets, like China, leading to greater returns
for our farmers and their families and continued growth for the economy." - Minister
of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay
"The investment made by the Government of Canada and CLGA members to develop livestock
markets throughout the world continues to yield benefits to all of Canada's agriculture
exporters. Canada's world class genetics combined with the training and knowledge
transfer made possible by Canada's AgriMarketing funding is instrumental in improving
farming practices around the world." - Michael Hall, Executive Director, Canadian
Livestock Genetics Association
- Budget 2017 set an ambitious goal of growing Canada's agri-food exports to $75 billion
- Budget 2017 focused on agri-food as one of the top industries in our Government's
Innovation and Skills Plan, an ambitious effort to make Canada a world leader in
innovation, with a focus on expanding growth and creating good, well-paying jobs.
- The Canadian Livestock Genetics Association is a nationwide, not-for-profit trade
association representing the market access and animal health interests of those
involved in the sale, service and promotion of livestock genetics both domestically
- This investment is being made under the Growing Forward 2, AgriMarketing Program,
a five-year, up to $341 million initiative.