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Ontario Supporting Sustainable Beef Production Facility in Elora

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Ontario Supporting Sustainable Beef Production Facility in Elora

Breaking Ground at New State-of-the-Art Research Centre

Ontario is boosting economic competitiveness and supporting good jobs in the province's beef sector by investing in the construction of a new world-class beef research facility.

Today, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal broke ground at the site of the new Livestock Research and Innovation Centre - Beef Facility in Elora. The province is investing $12.4 million to help build the centre. In addition, the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, was also on hand to announce the federal government's support of future genetics research at the centre.

The centre will allow researchers to develop new methods and best practices for more efficient and sustainable beef production, strengthening the competitive advantage of Ontario's beef sector and maintaining the province's role as an international leader in livestock research.

Supporting growth and competitiveness in Ontario's agri-food industry is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The new research facility is a joint partnership between the province - through the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario, the Beef Farmers of Ontario and the University of Guelph.
  • This latest investment follows the opening of the new dairy research centre, built at the Elora research station in 2015.
  • Construction of the new beef centre, located adjacent to the dairy facility, is expected to start as early as fall 2017.
  • Making investments into leading-edge facilities will support new research in areas like improvements to food safety and quality, as well as animal health, reproduction and nutrition.
  • Ontario’s agri-food sector contributes more than $37.6 billion towards the province’s GDP and supports over 807,000 jobs.
  • The beef sector operates over 17,400 farms in Ontario, supporting nearly seven per cent of the province’s agri-food sector jobs and GDP.
  • Ontario beef represents farm gate sales revenue of $1.3 billion, processing revenue of $3.3 billion, and retail sales of $8.9 billion annually.
  • New beef research infrastructure is a major component of the Ontario government’s plan to modernize Ontario’s agri-food research capacity across many vital sectors, including beef, swine, poultry, field crops, greenhouse/horticulture, turf grass and biomass.

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“Research and innovation are key contributors to helping our agri-food industry continue to grow and thrive. Our government is committed to supporting this innovative facility, which will help grow Ontario’s beef sector and ultimately provide our farmers with the tools they need to succeed.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“This investment will enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of Ontario's beef sector by establishing and supporting new and modern research capacity and infrastructure in the province. Partnership between government, industry and academia will play a crucial role in the new beef centre’s long-term success.”

Stewart Cressman

Chair of the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario

“The Beef Farmers of Ontario is extremely appreciative of the commitment by the Ontario government to create new innovative and state-of-the-art facilities at the Elora beef research centre. The new centre will ensure we have the capacity continue to advance beef cattle research in meaningful and integrated ways for years to come. The research will encompass everything from forage productivity, genetics, animal health and welfare to food safety and beef quality.”

Joe Hill

Vice President, Beef Farmers of Ontario

“This new facility will create a hub for world-class bovine research in Ontario. The state-of-the-art centre will be equipped with the latest technology and innovations, underpinned by the University of Guelph’s research excellence in agri-food. It is an exceptional example of the power of university-government-industry collaboration.”

Malcolm Campbell

Vice President (Research), University of Guelph

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