AgriRecovery Beef initiative – Update for January 18

December 29, 2020 | Updated: January 18, 2021

Based on current program terms and conditions, the final potential intake week for the 2020 COVID-19 Beef Emergency Feed Initiative would have opened January 18, 2021 for cattle to be set aside beginning January 25, 2021.

The Beef Industry Committee, comprised of Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs staff and industry representatives, reviewed industry data and determined that the threshold for an intake for January 18 and 19, 2021 was not met based on program criteria, which included an assessment of recent processing data in Ontario. The ministry has reviewed the recommendation provided by the Beef Industry Committee and has confirmed their recommendation.

  Intake period opens Intake period closes (Application due) Set-aside period begins
January 18, 2021
​There will be no intake for the week of January 18, 2021
Third intakeJanuary 11, 2021, at 9:00 a.m.
January 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.
Monday January 18, 2021
Second intakeDecember 29, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.
December 30, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.
Monday January 4, 2021
First intakeDecember 21, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.
December 22, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.
Monday December 28, 2020

The Canada-Ontario COVID-19 AgriRecovery Beef Emergency Feed Maintenance Initiative helps cover increased costs of feeding and setting aside market-ready cattle due to COVID-19 related processing delays.

Who is eligible?

Cattle farmers can apply if they own market-ready feedlot cattle or cull cows that they must keep on-farm due to processing delays resulting from a COVID-19 related processing delays. Cattle accepted for enrolment must be kept on farm for a set-aside period of 63 days to be eligible for a payment, or must receive approval to be released early. If cattle are approved for enrolment, the set-aside period will begin the following Monday.  

To be eligible for enrolment, cattle must meet the following requirements:

  • The average weight of each lot of cattle is 1400 pounds live weight for feedlot cattle steers and 1300 pounds live weight for feedlot cattle heifers.
  • Enrolled feedlot cattle are expected to make Grade "A" upon being processed, and culled cows are expected to make Grade "D" upon being processed.

A Premises ID is required for the location where the cattle are fed. If you don't have one, please contact Agricorp, or sign up at

Applicants may not enrol more than 500 Surplus Animals per intake period.

For more information about eligibility and how the initiative works, please read the Program Guidelines.

How to apply

Eligible cattle farmers can complete the Application Form and email it to [email protected].

Download a form

For best results, download the form directly to your computer and open it using Adobe Reader 10 or later.

  1. Right-click the form link and save the file to your computer.
  2. In Adobe Reader, click File > Open.
  3. Locate the form in the downloads folder on your computer.

Note: Fillable forms are not supported on most mobile devices and some web browsers.

If you have trouble opening the form, please call Agricorp for assistance.

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Get payments up to seven days faster

Farmers have enough to do without the hassles of cheques. They can get cash in their account five to seven days faster with direct deposit. Direct deposit is convenient, reliable and secure.

To sign up, farmers can call Agricorp or go to All farmers need is a void cheque and a few minutes of their time to make things a little easier.

About AgriRecovery

The Canada-Ontario COVID-19 AgriRecovery Beef Emergency Feed Maintenance Initiative is an AgriRecovery program funded by the federal and provincial governments. AgriRecovery provides targeted, disaster-specific programming when assistance is needed beyond existing programs like AgriStability, Production Insurance or the Risk Management Program.

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