The 2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance Initiative compensates Alberta's producers for the extraordinary feed costs incurred due to drought and extreme high temperatures in 2021. It also supports the management and maintenance of Alberta’s breeding animals.

Q&As

PROGRAM BASICS

Q: What does this initiative cover?

This initiative provides compensation for the extraordinary feed costs incurred by Alberta’s livestock producers due to drought and extreme high temperatures in 2021. It also supports the management and maintenance of Alberta’s breeding animals.

Q: What are the eligibility requirements for the initiative?

To be eligible to participate in the initiative:

Participants must:

  • Be an individual who is at least 18 years of age; either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada; and resident in Alberta; or be a corporation whose majority of voting shareholders are resident in Alberta.
  • Report farm income and expenses in Alberta for income tax purposes. Applicants who are not required to file farm income tax must provide documentation that demonstrates the production and sale of agricultural commodities;
  • Be responsible for feeding and primary care of the eligible animals or bee colonies or hives located in Alberta. Landlords in a cow/calf share arrangement will not be considered eligible applicants in respect to those animals; and
  • Apply to the program as specified in the Terms and Conditions.

Animals must, with the exception of bees:

  • Be breeding female animals;
  • Be grazing animals including, but not limited to:
    • Horses
    • Cows/bison
    • Elk/Yak/Musk Ox
    • Deer/Llamas
    • Sheep/Goats/Alpacas.

For beekeepers: Bees must be part of an operation with a minimum of 100 colonies/hives placed and cared for within Alberta.

Q: Are breeding males or cull breeding stock eligible under the initiative?

No. Market animals, culled breeding stock, breeding males and animals owned in whole or in part by a federally licensed or provincially licensed slaughter facility are not eligible under this initiative. Animals that were or are being fed for weight gain on pasture or in a confined feeding operation are also not eligible under this initiative.

Q: Are hogs, poultry and dairy cows eligible?

No. Hogs, poultry and dairy cows for commercial milk production are not eligible for this initiative.

Q. Why are dairy cattle excluded from this AgriRecovery initiative?

Dairy cattle are not presently considered grazing animals. As the dairy industry does not typically use grazing in their practices for breeding/milking animals, they have been excluded from the AgriRecovery.

The dairy industry in governed by supply management, which allows this sector other avenues to compensate for items such as increase feed costs.

Q. I have horses. Are they eligible for this initiative?

Breeding mares that are used for the purposes of producing offspring as part of your farming operation would be considered eligible. Horses used for pleasure – rodeo stock, race horses and working ranch horses – are not considered eligible. As a reminder, a minimum of 10 breeding mares are required to be eligible for the initiative.

Q. I own animals where the breeding cycle would not require breeding females to be exposed to breeding males on or before August 6, 2021. Are my animals eligible?

Breeding females are eligible if the intent is to have those animals be bred as part of the coming breeding cycle.

For example, if you have sheep and have ewes that will be put with a ram in October 2021, any of the ewes or replacement ewe lambs that will be exposed to the ram and were on pasture in your care as of August 6, 2021 are eligible.

Q: I own/care for animals jointly with another person or entity. How do I apply for the livestock feed assistance initiative?

If you own/care for animals jointly, there are two ways you can apply for assistance through to this initiative:

  • One person or corporation would apply for 100 per cent of the breeding females being cared for by the group.
  • Each person or corporation would apply independently for their share of the breeding females being cared for by the group. Your application must only include your ownership share stated in number of animals (eg. If two individuals own 21 eligible animals jointly, one individual would apply for 10 animals, and the other for 11 animals.) Fractional ownership applications will not be accepted).

Livestock Feed Assistance Initial Payment

Q: What is covered under the initial payment?

Eligible participants can apply for a feed assistance payment based on a minimum of 10 eligible animals per category of livestock on hand as of August 6, 2021.

Q: How do I apply?

Participants are strongly encouraged to apply online using AFSC Connect for faster service. Individuals who need assistance with applying should contact the AFSC Client Service Centre at 1.877.899.2372 or call an AFSC branch office to discuss their options.

Q: I am not a current AFSC client, and I do not have an AFSC Connect account. What do I need to do to participate?

Producers who are not currently AFSC clients will need to be set up as AFSC clients.

  • Begin the client set-up process by completing the mandatory form, found on the AFSC website here: Getting Ready for AgriRecovery page.
  • Once the form is submitted, the client set-up process is underway. You will be contacted by AFSC, and once you are an AFSC client – you will have the ability to sign up for an online AFSC Connect account and direct deposit.

Q: I am a current AFSC client, but I do have an AFSC Connect account. What do I need to do so I am ready for the application?

Producers who are current AFSC clients should ensure they have an AFSC Connect account and are signed up for direct deposit to receive program payments as quickly as possible.

Q: What information will I need to provide on application?

You will need to provide your premises ID and the number of animals you had on hand as of August 6, 2021.

Q. I realize I have made an error on the application I submitted. How do I get my information updated?

Reach out to an AFSC branch office or call the AFSC Client Service Centre at 1.877.899.2372 to discuss the required changes.

Q: Do feed and water expenses need to be submitted for the initial payment?

No, records of expenses do not need to be submitted for the initial payment. Eligible participants can apply for the initial payment based on the number of eligible animals on hand as of August 6, 2021.

Q: What is the deadline to apply for the initial payment?

The application deadline is October 31, 2021.

Q: How will the payment be calculated?

Eligible participants will receive a per head payment for eligible animals to assist with the costs incurred due to lost pasture/grazing days. Eligible breeding animals and compensation rates are:

  • Horses $113/head
  • Cattle and bison $94/head
  • Elk, yak, and musk ox $47/head
  • Deer and llamas $24/head
  • Sheep, goats and alpacas $19/head

Q: I have breeding females that do not fall into any of those categories. Am I still eligible for the initiative?

The eligibility and payment rate for animals not specifically mentioned in the initiative’s terms and conditions will be reviewed by the initiative’s administration. Producers should complete the application to start the review process.

Livestock Feed Assistance Secondary Payment

Q: What is covered under the secondary payment?

The secondary payment covers additional extraordinary cost over and above the initial payment. These payments will be based on the number of eligible animals on hand as of December 31.

Q: How do I apply?

The application for the secondary payment will not be available until later this year. Please watch the AFSC website and social media platforms for updates.

Q: How will the secondary payment be calculated?

The secondary payment will be calculated using a feed-need calculation, supplemented by proof of eligible expenses. Proof of expense can receipts or other supporting documentation deemed acceptable by the initiative’s administration.

Payments will be calculated as follows:

Q: How will the number of extraordinary feed days be calculated?

The number of extraordinary feed days will be calculated by taking the normal number of grazing days (days on pasture) and subtracting the number of days the participant was able to follow normal grazing practices in 2021.

Producers may need to provide evidence of changes to their normal practices to verify their feed-need calculation.

Q: What is the price of feed and how was it determined?

The blended average price is $0.115 per pound for feed. The price is based on the estimated average feed cost using Alberta forage and grains for a blended feed mix and the August 2021 price per pound. The blended feed price includes a mix of alfalfa, mixed and lowland hay, greenfeed, silage, cereal straw, oats, and barley.

Q: What is the maximum per head secondary payment?

  • Horses: $127/head
  • Cattle and Bison: $106/head
  • Elk/Yak/Musk Ox: $53/head
  • Deer and Llamas: $27/head
  • Sheep/Goats/Alpacas: $21/head

Q: I have additional extraordinary expenses due to the drought, which are not included in the feed-need calculation. Are they covered under this initiative?

Eligible expenses not included in the feed need calculation may include:

  • Feed
  • Temporary water provision (not covered by the CAP Water Program)
  • Temporary fencing
  • Transportation costs related to hauling feed, water or animals
  • Pregnancy Tests
  • Other activities required to secure Feed supplies or maintain the breeding herd.

Eligible expenses will be paid at up to 70 per cent. The combined payment will not exceed the per head maximum by animal type set out in the initiative’s terms and conditions.

Q: Will I need to provide receipts?

Participants will need to provide proof of expense. This can be in the form of a receipt or proof of additional expenses for feed (syrup and pollen patties). Producers unable to provide proof of expense will be required to pay back any funds paid out.

Q: How do I apply?

The application for the secondary payment will not be available until later this year. Please watch the AFSC website and social media platforms for updates.

Livestock Feed Assistance: Bee Feed Assistance

Q: What is covered under the secondary payment for bees?

Participants will receive one payment for up to 70 per cent of the extraordinary costs association with preparing eligible bees for winter. They will receive up to $7.50 per hive to assist with the costs to purchase pollen patties and syrup.

Q: Will I need to provide receipts?

Participants will need to provide proof of expense. This can be in the form of a receipt or proof of additional expenses for feed (syrup and pollen patties). Producers unable to provide proof of expense will be required to pay back any funds paid out.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Q: Will I be audited?

All audits will be random. Participants selected for audit will be notified of information required to complete the audit.

Q: Who do I contact for more information?

For additional information, please call the AFSC Client Service Centre at 1.877.899.2372, use AFSC online chat, or contact a branch office. AFSC is available to answer your questions and assist you.