Representatives of Manitoba Beef Producers say they welcome a new bovine tuberculosis initiative announced Wednesday by the federal government.
The five-year initiative will improve existing monitoring and management activities, including the development of a new traceability tool to better use data at the processing stage in the beef chain.
"Manitoba’s beef industry depends on domestic and international marketing opportunities and it is critical that we continue to work on the bovine TB issue and maintain Manitoba’s TB-free status," said Heinz Reimer, president of the industry group.
The group says that the new plan is crucial to moving toward a time when testing is no longer required on live cattle and the disease is ultimately eradicated.
"This federal investment means we have another tool to help meet the mandate of the Riding Mountain Eradication Area," Reimer said. "Beef producers in (that area) continue to work diligently as part of the bovine TB surveillance program and we will continue to work collaboratively with governments and other stakeholders on their behalf."
The group said they are also pleased with the renewal of Dr. Allan Preston’s role as Bovine Tuberculosis Co-ordinator.