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
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