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NEWS RELEASE

Provincial Livestock Fencing Program 

June 25, 2015 (Kamloops, B.C.)  – BC Cattlemen’s Association welcomes the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s announcement of $4 million in funding for the Provincial Livestock Fencing Program over the next two years.

“This announcement is more than just fences; it is an investment in the rural economy,” says Kevin Boon, BCCA General Manager.  “This program will protect the safety of motoring public as well as livestock and wildlife.” 

This level of funding will result in a significant number of fences being upgraded to protect the motoring public.

The BC Cattlemen’s Association has been pleased to administer the Highways and Railway Fencing program funded by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.  Since 2010, the program received applications reported 1,600 kilometers in fence in need of upgrades.  The program rebuilt 650 kilometers of fencing in the highest risk priority areas around the province. 

This new funding will help address the outstanding need and enable new applications to be considered. Program information and application forms can be found online: www.cattlemen.bc.ca/fencing.htm

Boon stated that, “Our annual cattle loss survey has shown a 50% decline in cattle losses due to vehicle collisions since the Highway & Railway Fencing program was established.  We believe that this reduction in collisions can be directly attributed to the investment made by the province for highways fencing.” 

The BC Cattlemen’s Association commends Premier Clark and Minister Stone for recognizing the importance that a simple tool like a good strong fence will make in a rural community.  The Association values our working partnership with government and applauds their efforts to swiftly rectify this issue for the benefit of all British Columbians.

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About BCCA

The BC Cattlemen’s Association has been representing the interests of beef cattle ranchers in British Columbia since 1929. With almost 1,200 rancher members, the Association is pleased to work on issues of importance to cattle producers. The BC beef industry annually contributes $606 million (direct and indirect) to the provincial economy. For more information and statistics about BC ranching, visit www.cattlemen.bc.ca

 

For an Interview, please contact:
Kevin Boon, BCCA General Manager
Office:  250.573.3611  /  Cell 250.320.3611

 

Holly Jackson, Communications Manager
250.573.3611
holly@cattlemen.bc.ca