The investment was announced by Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (AAFC) minister Gerry Ritz earlier this month and has been welcomed by producers and processors.
BIXS is a voluntary web-based cattle and carcase data tracking and exchange system, which helps facilitate the flow of information both up and down the value chain. It was developed by the Canadian Cattlemen Association and the Canadian Beef Breeds Council with an initial CAD$5.36m of AFFC funding last year.
Canadian Cattlemen Association president Travis Toews said that the extra funding would help ensure additional critical data was included in the database. “This expansion of the BIXS program is precisely what the Canadian cattle industry has been waiting for and I thank Minister Ritz for his support for the BIXS data base,” he said.
Canadian Meat Council president Scott Entz added: “The meat industry strives to provide Canadians with a diverse array of safe, high-quality, nutritious meat products. The BIXS is designed to assist producers, feeders, and meat packers by providing all with key information on the complete life cycle of beef animals.
“This information will enable the supply chain to make improvements in beef attributes that best satisfy the preferences of consumers, whether they live in Canada or in one of our export markets. All segments of the value chain benefit when there is close alignment between producers, processors and consumers.”