Ontario invests in future of livestock sector

The aim to foster innovation in the Canadian province's livestock sector and support economic growth across rural Ontario
calendar icon 8 November 2021
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Additionally, with an investment of $1.3 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership at the Ontario Beef Research Centre - Elora, the governments of Canada and Ontario plan to advance beef nutritional research.

The beef nutrition research investment supports the purchase of 96 Insentec feeders, a digitized precision feeding system that tracks and adjusts the nutrition for each individual cow as needed.

"Our government is making the critical investments necessary to support cutting-edge technologies, like Insentec feeders and a new swine research facility, because they fuel innovation and help Ontario livestock farmers be more competitive in the marketplace," said Lisa Thompson, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "By investing in agri-food research and supporting the livestock sector, our government is building Ontario to ensure the continued economic growth of the industry and rural Ontario."

Results from the research will produce healthier cattle and reduce waste, making beef farmers more competitive in the global marketplace.

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Ontario's cattle and hog sectors contribute $5.2 billion in GDP through the agri-food value chain and supports over 98,500 jobs.
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