Risk Management Program


To be eligible you must:

  • Produce livestock in at least one eligible category in Ontario
  • Enrol all your eligible production within a livestock category
  • Pay premium
  • Have a premises identification number
  • Be able to demonstrate ownership

    For program purposes, ownership means the right of possession of a commodity and their associated risks. Agricorp considers legal ownership, price risk (such as fluctuating market prices or input costs) and production risk (such as mortality or health of the animal) in determining eligibility.

    To determine whether you are eligible to enrol your livestock, Agricorp will ask for additional details about your business, including any custom feeding or private financing agreements you may have.

    Custom feeding: There are many different types of custom feeding agreements. If you pay another person (e.g. price per pound of weight gain) to feed and house your livestock, Agricorp will need to confirm that you retain exposure to production and price risk before confirming that you are eligible to enrol the livestock.

    Private financing: If another person receives legal title of your livestock as collateral for a loan or investment, and you compensate that person through pre-negotiated interest charges, commissions, or fees, you may have the price and production risk. Be sure to disclose the details of your agreement so that Agricorp can determine which person is eligible to enrol the livestock.

To remain eligible for RMP, pay your premium and submit your livestock sales reports by the pr​​ogram deadlines. Even if you had no sales during a reporting period, you must contact Agricorp and report zero sales. Failure to pay your premium or submit a sales report may result in the cancellation of your coverage.​

Eligi​ble hogs

All hogs that meet all of the following requirements are eligible.

  • Must be sold during the program year
  • Must not be enrolled in the same category more than once
  • Must be produced and owned by you in Ontario for a minimum length of time as shown below
  • Grower/finisher hogs must be sold for slaughter to be eligible for payment in the grower/finisher category
  • Must not have been bred*

* Hogs may be sold for future breeding purposes and still be eligible for coverage under the early wean and feeder categories only. For more information, refer to "Off-type animals" below.

Hogs may be enrolled in any of the following three weight categories.

​Hog category​ Live wei​ghts​
Weight r​ange Minimum ownership3
Early weanUp to 7 kgA minimum of 15 days
FeederUp to 25 kg1A minimum of 35 days
Grower/finisherOver 25 kg up to 159 kg2A minimum of 70 days


  1. Also includes off-type animals (e.g., barbecue pigs sold between 25 kilograms and 87.5 kilograms live weight and breeding hogs sold above 25 kilograms).
  2. Hogs must weigh at least 87.5 kilograms to be eligible for payment in the grower/finisher category, but payment is based on eligible weight gain starting from 25 kilograms.
  3. Ownership requirements are cumulative. For a farrow to finish operation, you must own the hogs for 120 days to be eligible under all three categories (15 + 35 + 70 = 120).

Hogs sold outside of these weight ranges may still be enrolled; however, payments are based only on the maximum weights listed above. If a hog is sold above the maximum weight range for a category, the animal remains eligible for payment under that category, provided it meets all other eligibility criteria.

Off-type ​​​​animals

Off-type animals include breeding hogs over 25 kilograms and hogs sold for barbecue between 25 and 87.5 kilograms live weight. These animals are treated as feeders for the purpose of your sales reporting and payment calculation.

Estimating your insured pro​​duction

Use the weight ranges shown in the table above when estimating your insured production.


A hog producer is enrolled in all three categories and plans to sell:

  • 2000 hogs at approximately 150 kg. (raised from birth)

Early wean insured ​​production

2000 hogs = 2,000 head

Feeder insured produ​​​ction

2000 hogs = 2,000 head

Grower/finisher insured produ​​ction

2,000 head x eligible weight gain in the grower/finisher category (150 kg. - 25 kg.) 
= 250,000 kg.​

Ontario - Agricorp