Livestock centre of excellence receives $4.5 million from federal gov't

The federal government has announced another $4.47 million in funding for the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence being built near Saskatoon.

David Lametti, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced the funding on Friday at the University of Saskatchewan.

Originally announced in 2015, the centre will have its physical home in two locations: a new Beef Cattle Research and Teaching Unit on a 1,760 acre property near Clavet, and the Forage and Cow-calf Research and Teaching Unit to be located at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s existing 2,360-acre research farm near Floral, east of Saskatoon.

Former Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Ag Minister Lyle Stewart announced $10 million in federal and provincial support for the facility in 2015. The U of S is also contributing the equivalent of $10 million, and the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association is investing $1 million.

“Saskatchewan cattle producers value the applied and discovery research the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence will produce. The SCA is proud to support and drive this kind of investment in the future of the cattle industry. There are still great opportunities for others to join in this endeavour to create a legacy to benefit current and future generations of cattle and livestock producers in the province and across Canada,” noted Ryan Beierbach, chair of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association.

The centre is slated to be completed in 2018.

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