Posted May 15, 2017

WINNIPEG  –  Manitoba Beef Producers would like to announce that, effective May 20, the cost for a Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) program audit will increase from $200 to $300.

VBP+ is the next generation of the voluntary Verified Beef Production program and includes auditing for animal care, bio-security and environmental stewardship practices along with on-farm food safety practices at the farm, ranch and feedlot levels. Due to the broadening in scope of VBP+ audits to reflect the expanded VBP program there is a need to increase the cost to ensure the viability of the program in Manitoba.

“VBP+ is an important program for the industry as it enables producers to show the public that what they are doing in the areas of animal welfare, food safety, bio-security and environmental stewardship, they are in fact doing,” said MBP General Manager Brian Lemon. “The program has demonstrable and credible threshold levels producers must achieve to secure, and maintain, registered status on the program.”

“For us to keep the program viable in Manitoba the audits need to be cost neutral, thus the need for the increase on May 20.”

VBP+ links the on-farm recording and auditing of animal care, bio security and environmental stewardship practices with the established Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reviewed on-farm food safety (VBP) program. VBP+ is aligned with the national Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle, the Canadian Beef Cattle On-Farm Bio-security Standard, and the sustainability indicator work of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) to ensure sound animal care, bio-security and environment principles and practices.