Financial Assistance

2020 Canada-Manitoba Finished Cattle Feed Assistance Program

 Programme Canada-Manitoba d’aide à l’approvisionnement en aliments pour bovins engraissés de 2020

The 2020 Canada-Manitoba Finished Cattle Feed Assistance Program assists Manitoba cattle producers affected by COVID-19 related closures of slaughter plants and capacity reductions.  The program provides financial assistance to offset extraordinary feed costs incurred due to a delay in marketing cattle.  
Who can apply?
The following are eligible to apply:
  •  individuals
  • partnerships
  • corporations
  • co-operatives
  • First Nation communities
  • any other association of persons owning and responsible for associated feed costs of eligible animals between April 15, 2020 and December 31, 2020
When are the application deadlines?
Applications must be received by February 15, 2021.
What do we fund?
The program will pay daily support for the period during which cattle were ready for market and slaughter, but could not be sold due to reduced capacity at the major Alberta beef processors. This period, referred to as the Extraordinary Feeding Period, includes the time needed to address cattle supply backlog in Western Canada.
For eligible applicants:
  • The Extraordinary Feed Period began April 15, 2020, OR when the cattle reached the minimum weight for eligibility (1,400 lbs. for steers or 1,300 lbs. for heifers), whichever is later.
  • The Extraordinary Feed Period ends December 31, 2020, OR on the actual slaughter date of the cattle, whichever is earlier.
  • The Extraordinary Feed Period for these cattle must have been greater than 14 days.
  • Applicants must have owned the cattle for a minimum of 60 days prior to slaughter and must have missed the intended marketing date due to COVID-19 related slaughter interruptions.
  • The cattle slaughter date must be between April 29, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
How much does the program fund?
Eligible applicants will receive $1.20 per eligible animal for each day in the Extraordinary Feeding Period, to a maximum of 63 days. The maximum payment is $75.60 per head.
How do I apply?

Please note: Applications must be accompanied by documentation that supports the claim of costs incurred by feeding eligible animals (refer to Terms and Conditions) during the Extraordinary Feed Period.  All Applications must include copies of sales invoices, including the date and average weight of cattle, provided by purchasing slaughter facility.

 Additional Information:
  • Payments will not be issued for:
    • animals with less than 14 Extraordinary Feed Days
    • applicants with fewer than five eligible animals
    • payments of less than $200.00
  • Payments will be considered allowable income for AgriStability, in the program year only. 
  • Payments will not be considered allowable revenue under AgriInvest.