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Beef production symposium slated for February

Event aims to create network between Ontario, Québec industries
A February symposium in Rouyn-Noranda will bring together Ontario and Québec beef producers to review best practices and find commonalities between the two industries. (File photo)

A symposium planned for February will examine the similarities and differences between beef production in Ontario and Québec, with the potential for creating a network between the two jurisdictions.

Symposium Beef Production in the North – Québec-Ontario will take place Feb. 7-8 in Rouyn-Noranda.

The basis for the symposium will be the presentation of results of a 2017 survey of Ontario and Québec beef producers. 

Researchers had three goals for the survey:

  • identify key performance indicators (technical, financial) that lead to business sustainability (economic, environmental and social);
  • determine the similarities and differences between Ontario and Québec beef cow-calf production; and 
  • foster Québec-Ontario networks to create a dynamic and innovative climate for the development of the beef cow-calf industry in Northern conditions.

Participants will also be able to tour local farms during the two-day event.

Financial partners for the event include: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ), Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) and Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation (MESI).

Find more more information about the symposium here.