New support for Ontario livestock producers

​​Updated: January 3, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

On December 14, the provincial and federal governments announced AgriRecovery a​ssistance for Ontario livestock producers facing severe forage shortages as a result of this summer’s dry weather. In January, Agricorp will deliver the 2012 Canada-Ontario Forage and Livestock Transportation Assistance Initiative to help offset the extra transportation costs incurred by livestock producers to feed their livestock.

The initiative provides up to $2.4 million to producers of eligible breeding stock in Ontario (including beef cattle, sheep, goats, horses, deer or elk) who live in these areas of extreme drought: Brant, Bruce, Grey, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton, Hamilton, Huron, Lanark, Niagara, Ottawa, Oxford, Perth, Renfrew, Waterloo and Wellington.

Funding may be provided in one of two ways:

  • Up to $0.14 per tonne, per kilometre  to assist with the transportation of forage and feed, or
  • Up to $0.075 per kilometre, per animal to move animals to available feed.

Agricorp is working closely with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to finalize program details. More information about the program and how to apply will be available on our website early in the new year.