Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart appointed an advisory committee, made up of livestock industry representatives, to examine industry-led delivery options for livestock brand inspection services in Saskatchewan.
“We want to consult with livestock producers, industry and other provinces to explore alternative delivery model options to achieve more efficient brand inspection services in Saskatchewan,” Stewart said.
The Brand Inspection Services Advisory Committee will study the current brand inspection models in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, review options for industry-led brand inspection and recommend a preferred option to the Minister of Agriculture.
Brand inspection services in Saskatchewan are currently delivered through Ministry of Agriculture livestock inspectors. The service is provided to ensure that animals offered for sale are rightfully owned and verified through a brand registry. The role of government in verifying ownership of livestock is unique in Saskatchewan. No other agricultural commodity is purchased or sold in the province with a government service to verify ownership.
Stewart said the group will look at all options including an integrated western Canadian approach. Alberta, for example, currently has an industry-led and delivered brand inspection system.
“I look forward to reviewing brand inspection services in Saskatchewan,” Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Chair and committee co-chair Mark Elford said. “An integrated western Canadian brand inspection system will help ensure the rightful ownership of everyone’s cattle and be a win-win for everyone involved.”
“We welcome this review of brand inspection and I look forward to examining the options on how industry can improve these services for Saskatchewan producers,” Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association President and committee co-chair Harold Martens said.