The recognition of Canadian beef cattle genetics internationally and genetic improvement initiatives are at the core of our mandate. We collaborate with organizations and government agencies in key markets to promote the attributes of our Canadian beef cattle genetics, production methods and regulatory systems.
October 19, 2021
RDAR makes Major Investment in CBIN Genetics Data Platform to Improve Efficiency and Profitability of Cattle Producers
October 19, 2021 (Edmonton, Alberta) – Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) has invested $640,000 in a collaborative research project with the Canadian Beef Improvement Network (CBIN) to springboard the development of a unified, standardized, and producer-accessible beef cattle genetics data platform. Through this platform, CBIN will provide commercial cattle producers and the entire beef production chain with access to critical data that will help better inform genetic decisions and improve environmental and economic sustainability. “Genetic data is essential to ensuring Alberta beef continues to be known worldwide for being the best. This project is a prime example of the innovation Alberta is known for, with industry groups working together to find new opportunities and new markets for their producers. I’m interested in seeing how this project benefits our ranchers and the province as a whole.” Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry To date, eight Canadian beef cattle breed associations have committed to participate in the development of CBIN under the leadership of the Canadian Beef Breeds Council. This data-driven platform will benefit Canadian cattle producers directly. CBIN will give producers access to on-farm, on-demand genetic information to improve herd quality and inform marketing and genetic selection decisions. Genetic data has value as a change agent. Today, genetic information is available to help producers make essential breeding decisions on fertility, growth, feed efficiency, disposition, calving ease, and carcass measures, to name a few. However, the beef industry underutilizes genetic data, and significant opportunities for producers to optimize their herd genetics are missed. By utilizing the CBIN platform to inform genetics decisions, producers will realize substantial benefits by capturing environmental efficiencies, improving animal and herd health and management, and validating product quality. The collaborative framework of CBIN’s genetic advancements and technological innovations will be vitally important for the whole Canadian beef industry. “Data-driven genetic decisions and adoption of innovative genetic technologies will benefit all segments of the Canadian beef production chain from conception right through to consumption. Genetics has the potential to create benefits across the board, in the areas including, but not limited to, production efficiencies, environmental sustainability, animal health and welfare, food security and food product outcomes.” David Sibbald, President, Canadian Beef Breeds Council & Chair, Canadian Beef Improvement Network This project is unique as it seeks to bring an innovative solution to an existing gap in data capture, standardization, and digitalization in beef production. By adopting new genetic technologies and increasing genetic data literacy, Canadian beef producers will be better able to interpret the genetic data of their herds. By using data to inform breeding decisions, producers will improve economic efficiencies and reduce their environmental footprint. “Alberta produces some of the best beef in the world. To help our industry expand markets and compete globally, there needs to be an improvement in producers’ genetic literacy and the use of genomics within our beef industry. By understanding and sharing the linkages of beef genetic data, along with other production metrics, we will see increased profitability and competitiveness in our industry.” Clinton Dobson, RDAR Director of Research RDAR is proud to support this research project. The work will drive the integration and adoption of genetic innovations, standardizing genetic data capture and simplifying data access, assisting Canadian beef producers in making better decisions. RDAR’s funding contributions – of which $576,000.00 comes from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) – are valued at $640,000 over 18 months. To learn more about RDAR research projects, please visit rdar.ca/research About the Canadian Agricultural Partnership The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial governments to strengthen and grow Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sectors. This commitment includes $2 billion for programs cost-shared by the federal and provincial/territorial governments, with the programs designed and delivered by provinces and territories. About RDARRDAR is a not-for-profit organization that will continually consult with Alberta’s crop and livestock producers to set research priorities and distribute funds. Its mandate is: to support results driven agriculture research priorities and programs that will increase the competitiveness and profitability of Alberta’s agriculture industry. Arm’s length from the provincial government, RDAR is funded by two sources: The Government of Alberta, the Government of Canada, and Alberta’s Government through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program. rdar.ca About CBIN The Canadian Beef Improvement Network is a collaborative network established to increase genetic data utilization, validate genetic influence, and drive market signals to create value within the Canadian beef industry. Members and advisors include: Canadian Beef Breeds Council; Canadian Cattlemen’s Association; 8 Canadian Breed Associations; National Cattle Feeder’s Association; Cargill; McDonald’s; Beef Cattle Research Council; Lactanet Canada; and AgSights RDAR Media Inquiries:Janada HawthorneCommunications LeadResults Driven Agriculture Research780email@example.comRead More
October 13, 2021
Canadian Beef Breeds Council Announces New Chief Executive Officer
October 7, 2021 Calgary, AB – The Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) is pleased to announce that Sandy Russell has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective immediately. Previously working as the Director of Business Development for CBBC’s leading initiative, the Canadian Beef Improvement Network (CBIN), Russell brings an in-depth understanding of the organization and vast experience in the Canadian beef industry with her. “CBBC is very fortunate to be able to have a leader like Sandy taking the reins of the organization,” says CBBC President David Sibbald. “I am excited and confident she will lead us forward to advance the organizations goals and initiatives focused on driving genetic value throughout the entire beef industry.” Russell, who holds a B.S.A and M.SC. from the University of Saskatchewan, is well-known within the Canadian beef industry. She has an extremely strong background in agriculture and brings a vast network of skills and experience to assist CBBC in accomplishing the exciting initiatives currently being spearheaded by the organization. “I am extremely excited for this opportunity and appreciate the confidence that the Board of Directors has placed in me,” Russell says. “I firmly believe the Canadian beef industry has a vibrant future ahead and I am confident that the continued collaborative approach that CBBC has shown to drive genetic advancements forward within the industry will secure our future success.” The Canadian Beef Breeds Council, an incorporated division of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), is focused on facilitating genetic advancements within the Canadian beef industry and representing the Canadian seedstock sector both domestically and internationally. For further information contact: Sandy RussellChief Executive OfficerCanadian Beef Breeds Council306firstname.lastname@example.orgRead More