$12.7 million to advance innovation in Canada's swine sectorStaff Writer | June 28, 2018
Canada's pork and hog sector is an important driver of the Canadian economy, with farm cash receipts reaching $4.5 billion in 2017.
Canada The pork and hog sector is an important driver of the Canadian economy
Today, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, announced a federal investment of up to $12.7 million to Swine Innovation Porc, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership's AgriScience Clusters.
The Swine Research and Development Cluster investment is the first of a series of AgriScience Clusters to be announced under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership launched in April 2018.
AgriScience Clusters are intended to mobilize partnerships among industry, government and academia to address priority themes and horizontal issues that are national in scope in the agriculture sector.
Swine Innovation Porc, a non-profit corporation committed to facilitating research in the Canadian swine sector, will contribute up to an additional $5.8 million to the Swine Research and Development Cluster for a total value of up to $18.5 million.
These investments will be used to: examine new ways of feeding piglets that could help provide immunity from diseases; determine best methods for the classification of pork based on quality attributes to provide more choice for Canadian consumers; and, examine long-distance transport effects on the health and welfare of early weaned pigs.
This research will build on two previous Swine Clusters, which included projects focussing on animal nutrition research, and animal health and welfare research.
This announcement is part of Minister MacAulay's 'Growing Canadian Agriculture' tour, where he will meet with farmers, processors and industry leaders, as well as participate in rural agricultural events across the country, to hear ideas on how to capture new growth opportunities for the sector. ■