Risk Management Program

How it works

​Program payments are made if the market prices for sold livestock fall below your support level, which is based on the industry average cost of producing livestock (target price) and the level of coverage you choose. You can choose a coverage level of 80, 90, 95 or 100 per cent.

Payments reflect available funding. An interim payment rate is used to make sure every single producer has equal access to the funding, whether they trigger a payment at the beginning or end of the program year. The interim payment is based on market prices, support levels at the traditional provincial share of 40 per cent and available RMP funding.​

​RMP Payments are issued for your sold veal calves when the average market price falls below the support level during the payment calculation period. The average market price and support level are calculated separately for each veal category. Each category also has a separate payment calculation.

For both grain-fed and milk-fed veal:​​

  • Payment rates are calculated every week and accumulated into a single payment issued three times a year.
  • Both the support levels and the market prices are calculated every week, and will vary from week to week depending on fluctuating commodity prices. The support levels and market prices are based on the reported date of sale.

Additional details on the support level (target price multiplied by your coverage level) and market prices are published in the RMP for livestock Calculating Target and Market Prices Information Sheet which is available on agricorp.com or by contacting Agricorp.

Payment calculations

Annual government funding is available for producers through RMP. ​To ensure producers who trigger payments at different times of year have equal access to the funding, an interim rate is used to calculate payments. As the program year progresses, the interim rate may be adjusted. If this happens, you will receive an adjustment payment. See How your payments work – RMP for livestock.

Conversion from rail weight to live weight

Sales reported as rail weight will be converted to live weight as shown below:

  • For grain-fed veal, rail weight is calculated as 54.5 per cent of live weight
  • For milk-fed veal, rail weight is calculated as 58.5 per cent of live weight

Payment caps

RMP payments for each livestock category are capped at $1.2 million per participant, per program year. For example, if you participate in the cow-calf and the feedlot categories under RMP: Cattle and the grower/finisher category under RMP: Hogs, your payment for each of the three categories is capped at $1.2 million. The cap is applied to each category's total payment for the entire program year before calculating adjustments for AgriStability.

Link with AgriStability

If you choo​se to participate in AgriStability, your RMP payment is counted as an advance on the provincial portion of your AgriStability payment for the corresponding program year. You keep the greater of the RMP payment or the provincial portion of the AgriStability payment. Because RMP is provincially funded, it has no impact on the federal portion of AgriStability payments.

If you participate in more than one RMP plan, the sum of all payments will be offset against AgriStabilitySee RMP and AgriStability: How they work together.


You are required to pay RMP premiums each year. Premiums are based on your chosen coverage level and insured production for the year.

RMP premiums will be collected by Agricorp and managed by the Farmer's Risk Management Premium Fund which is made up of the participating commodity groups. The Farmer's Risk Management Premium Fund may be used to supplement payments in years of greater need.

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