The province is working with beef producers to develop new projects and programs with the goal to increase beef production in Nova Scotia and help the industry stay competitive and consumer focused.
During the next two years the province says it will invest more than $950,000 into the initiative.
“Nova Scotia is in a great position to be competitive in the beef market. Consumers want high-quality local products, and our producers are ready to meet that need by innovating and increasing the number of cattle raised here at home,” said Agriculture Minister Greg Morrow. “That’s why we’re investing in new programs and projects to help beef farmers.
”The initiative is part of the government’s goal to increase local food consumption and the percentage of Nova Scotians’ food budgets spent on locally grown and produced foods.
Some priorities of the Nova Scotia Beef Initiative include:- support for cattle producers to adopt new management practices and farm innovations that will prepare the industry for climate change- provincial marketing to drive consumer awareness of the value of consuming healthy local beef along with other Nova Scotia products- a new feedlot pilot program to encourage producers to grow their cattle in Nova Scotia instead of shipping out of province.
Did you know?
- Cape Breton Island ranchers raise cattle, sheep, goats, hogs and pigs. They hold their own against their provincial counterparts.
- There are 380 licensed beef producers in Nova Scotia Nova Scotia beef producers generated income of more than $33.5 million in 2023. - There are 2,630 hectares (6,500 acres) of provincially owned pastures for use by beef farmers.- Nova Scotia has 11 provincially inspected beef abattoirs and 86 licensed meat processing facilities.