The Barley Council of Canada (BCC) is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement to collaborate with China Agriculture University (CAU) in the development of a joint Canada–China feed barley study.
The official signing ceremony was held in Beijing where signatories Dr. Hu, professor at CAU, and Phil de Kemp, executive director of BCC, signed a letter of intent to work towards the development of a three-year Canadian feed barley study in China. Andrea Lyon, deputy minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), also attended the signing, acting on behalf of Gerry Ritz, minister of Agriculture.
“Our council is very pleased to solidify this partnership,” said de Kemp. “The door is now open to develop a strong relationship with the most prestigious agriculture university in China.”
The three-year feed barley study will consist of three individual feeding trials concerning dairy, hog and cattle operations in China. The scope of the research to be developed will evaluate the use of Canadian feed barley in feed rations and its effects on dairy milk production, animal health, weight/carcass gain efficiencies and all aspects of cattle and hogs meat quality.
“This opportunity is huge for Canada’s barley industry,” said de Kemp. “It is our hope that the results of this collaborative study will provide additional commercial and economic benefits for barley farmers in Canada, as well as dairy, beef and pork producers and consumers in China.”
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