Photo Album - Minister Ritz announces traceability funding for the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency

Government of Canada Invests in Competitiveness of Hog Industry

Breslau, Ontario, February 10, 2011

The Government of Canada is once again supporting the livestock industry as they develop a national traceability system. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced an investment today of more than $3.7 million to strengthen the Canadian Pork Council's national swine traceability system, bringing the total investment for this initiative up to $7 million.

Minister Ritz makes announcement.

"There is no doubt that a strong traceability system benefits Canadian producers, the value chain and consumers alike," said Minister Ritz. "This investment will help the Canadian Pork Council continue the development of its hog traceability system and give our hog farmers the competitive edge they need to access markets around the world."

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz , MP Harold Albrecht (Kitchener-Conestoga), and Arnold Drung (President, Conestoga Meat Packers Ltd.)

"Our Government is dedicated to helping the Ontario pork industry compete, capture new markets and continue to drive our economy to recovery," said MP Harold Albrecht (Kitchener-Conestoga). "Today's investment in hog traceability will pay dividends to the entire value chain here in Ontario and across Canada for generations to come."

Curtiss Littlejohn (Chair of Pigtrace), Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz , MP Harold Albrecht (Kitchener-Conestoga), and Arnold Drung (President, Conestoga Meat Packers Ltd.)

The Canadian Pork Council's traceability system, PigTrace Canada, is designed to track the movement of hogs across the country. Phase 1 of this initiative focused on the creation of a tag distribution system for hogs, while Phase 2 will focus on combining swine movement information into a national centralized database.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Arnold Drung (President, Conestoga Meat Packers Ltd.)

"Today's announcement shows the continued support of the Canadian government and industry to work towards the mutually beneficial goal of improving disease preparedness," said Canadian Pork Council's President Jurgen Preugschas. "The Canadian pork industry is working hard towards the implementation of a world class swine traceability system that serves as a tool in moving the Canadian pork industry forward in today's global market."