All cattle that meet all of the following requirements are eligible.
- Must be sold during the program year
- Must be produced in Ontario and owned by you for a minimum of 120 consecutive days (this 120-day period can span multiple categories)
- Must be 30 months of age or less
- Cannot be used for breeding purposes (restriction for the backgrounder and feedlot categories only)
- Cannot be enrolled and have sales reported under the RMP plan for veal
Cattle may be enrolled in any of the following three production categories:
Cattle category ||
Live weights |
|Cow-calf||Up to 550 lb.||Up to 500 lb.|
|Backgrounder||Over 550 – 900 lb.||Over 500 – 850 lb.|
|Feedlot ||Over 900 – 1,500 lb.||Over 850 – 1,400 lb.|
Cattle that fall outside of these weight ranges may still be enrolled; however, payments are based only on the maximum weights listed above. For cow-calf and backgrounder categories, any additional weight gain beyond the maximum will be covered in the next weight category, if you're enrolled.
For the cow-calf category:
- Calves must weigh more than 350 pounds at time of sale to be eligible for payment
- Calves must be raised from birth to be eligible for payment under the cow-calf category
- Calves may be retained for future breeding purposes and still be eligible for payment under the cow-calf category only
Estimating your insured production
Use the weight ranges shown in the table above when estimating your insured production.
A cattle producer is enrolled in all three categories and plans to sell:
- 60 steer calves at 550 lb.
- 20 steers at approximately 1800 lb. (raised from birth).
Cow-calf insured production
60 steer calves + 20 steers
= 80 head
Backgrounder insured production
20 steers x eligible weight gain in the backgrounder category (900 lb. – 550 lb. = 350 lb.)
= 7,000 lb.
Feedlot insured production
20 steers x eligible weight gain in the feedlot category (1500 lb. – 900lb. = 600 lb.)
= 12,000 lb.