- Category: Agriculture News MB
- Published: Wednesday, 27 June 2018 02:00
- Written by Jessica Giles
Beef producers are putting some extra money in their pockets with a new pilot project.
The one-year Canadian Beef Sustainable Acceleration Pilot Project is under way, aimed at creating a certified sustainable beef supply chain.
The Verified Beef Production Plus program is working with Cargill and the Beef InfoXchange System to deliver the pilot where direct financial credits flow back to cow-calf and feedlot operations on a per head basis for their qualifying cattle.
National Business Manager of Verified Beef Production Plus, Virgil Lowe, said in the first quarter from October 2017 to the end of December, producers enrolled saw a return of $10 per qualified head, with an even more impressive second quarter.
"From January to March 2018, the pilot paid a financial credit of $20.11 per head for qualifying cattle. Those per head payments went back to 111 producers and we were able to track about another 600,000 pounds of fully certified sustainable beef product."
Virgil said, in the first half of the pilot project they've tracked over one million pounds of certified sustainable beef.
Cargill is crunching the numbers and expects the financial credit will fluctuate based on the number of participating producers, volume of qualifying beef, cattle weights and demand.
He added, getting involved in the pilot project is a simple three step process.
"To qualify, either the cow-calf, backgrounder, or finishing feedlots needs to first be audited and in good standing with either ourselves, verified Beef Production Plus, or Where Food Comes From, must be a member of the Beef InfoXChange System, and be using the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency or BIXS to move in or age verify your cattle and ensure they're entered in the Canadian Livestock Tracking System Data Base."
Lowe said, they really need more cow-calf operations to get on board.
"The system tracks the cattle and enables the payments automatically so you get a cheque in the mail if you have any cattle that make it through a fully certified system."