Saskatchewan, Manitoba unveil supports for livestock farmers affected by drought
By Bree Rody
In the last two days, two Canadian provinces have unveiled support plans to assist livestock producers affected by the ongoing drought in the prairie provinces. Saskatchewan and Manitoba have released details on their support programs for producers.
Producers in Saskatchewan can receive up to $200 per head, in two separate $100 increments for inventory as of Aug 1 and Dec. 31. Applications for the funding opened today, Sept. 1. Eligible livestock include beef and dairy cattle, bison, elk, sheet or goats.
Earlier this month, Saskatchewan agriculture minister David Marit announced $119 million in direct support for drought-affected livestock producers under the AgriRecovery program. AgriRecovery is part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership agreement, with funding shared on a 60/40 federal-provincial basis.
On Aug. 31, two programs with similar goals were unveiled in Manitoba.
The Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance program and Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance Program will both offer assistance to offset expenses associated with nomving livestock and their feed to alternative areas.