2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance Initiative

2021 Livestock Feed Assistance

2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance Initiative

If you are a livestock producer with breeding stock and were affected by the drought this past summer, there is some new information about how to apply for Phase 2 of the drought program.

Applications will only be open for a short time: January 5, 2022 – January 31, 2022.  Time is limited so get your application in!  If you require assistance with your application, please contact our office.


  • The program is based on extraordinary costs related to the drought which were incurred between June 1 – December 31, 2021
  • Phase 2 payout will be based on the number of breeding females in inventory on December 31, 2021, up to $200 per animal
  • The minimum number of animals to apply is 10 eligible animals
  • The application window is January 5 – 31, 2022 with payments issued after January 31, 2022
  • Producers do NOT have to have participated in Phase 1 to be eligible for Phase 2
  • Application is made through AFSC Connect


Program calculation:

The program is calculated based on a feed need model which looks at the following factors:

  • The normal pasture days you expect compared with pasture days you actually got out of that pasture this past summer.  The shortfall of normal days are considered extraordinary feed days.
  • The number of pounds of feed required (this is a set amount depending on what kind of animal it is).
  • The cost of feed ($0.115 per pound).

This means 23 extraordinary feed days for bred cows or 27 extraordinary feed days for bred heifers are needed for payment under Phase 2 of the program to start to kick in.

Additional temporary expenses will also be considered and can be submitted for reimbursement at 70% of the cost incurred (proof of expenses not required at time of application but may be requested later).

Additional expenses include things like:

  • Temporary fencing costs
  • Feed purchased
  • Temporary watering costs
  • Transportation costs to move feed, water, or livestock


For more information, visit the following links or contact our office:

AFSC information regarding Phase 2: https://afsc.ca/income-stabilization/agrirecovery/ – this has some short videos with information that would be good to forward to clients

AFSC frequently asked questions: https://afsc.ca/resources/livestock-feed-assistance-initiative-qas/

2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance Initiative Terms and Conditions: https://afsc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/2021-Canada-Alberta-Livestock-Feed-Assistance-Terms-and-Conditions.pdf

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