Public Health Agency of Canada

11/30/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/30/2021 15:25

Governments of Canada and Manitoba announce new herd management program under AgriRecovery framework

November 30, 2021 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The Canada and Manitoba governments continue to support producers impacted by drought by announcing a Herd Management Drought Assistance program under the AgriRecovery framework. The program will help livestock producers offset the costs associated with replacing breeding animals culled due to shortages of winter feed, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler announced today.

Eligible animals under the Herd Management Drought Assistance program include breeding females of beef cattle, bison, sheep, goats and elk. Producers must be supporting a minimum of 10 animals to qualify for assistance.

This program will assist producers who must replace breeding females culled due to drought, helping to return the inventory of breeding females to pre-drought levels. The replacement animals can be purchased or retained from the producer's existing herds or flocks. Payments are determined by the increase in the inventory of breeding females, with payments capped once inventories are restored to pre-drought levels.

Application is a two-step process, which starts with producers submitting their pre-drought, and drought affected inventories of breeding females. Forms for submitting these breeding animal numbers will be available in January 2022. Starting on December 1, 2022, producers will be able to submit information on their breeding animal inventories post-drought. Payments will be issued after the post-drought inventory is submitted.