Financial Assistance

AgriRecovery: Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance


AgriRecovery is a disaster relief framework under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership that provides a coordinated process for federal, provincial and territorial governments to respond rapidly when disasters affecting several producers occur. 

The Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing drought conditions. 

The program will help livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 with extraordinary transportation costs and to manage breeding herd feed shortages. Financial assistance helps to offset freight expenses associated with moving livestock to alternate feeding locations.

Drought 2021 - View the most recent industry webinar presentation to learn more about AgriRecovery: Drought Assistance program eligibility and details.


Primary producers who owned or leased eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef cattle, sheep, and goats.  

The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. 

An applicant must:

·         be an individual who is 18 years of age or older at the time of application; a partnership, a corporation, a cooperative, a commune or a First Nation

·         own or lease the eligible animals as of the date of application, continue to own or lease the eligible animals from June 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022, and be responsible for the expenses related to feeding the eligible animals

·         be liable to pay income tax in Manitoba under the Income Tax Act (Canada), or is specifically exempted from filing income tax but is a permanent resident of Canada; and must file farm and expense tax forms 

Additional factors may be considered in determining the eligibility of the applicant, including the provision of false or misleading information by the applicant under other Manitoba Agriculture (ARD) or Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) programming, and amounts due and owing by the applicant under other ARD or MASC programming. 


Livestock transportation assistance is provided for eligible activities and expenses incurred from August 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 including: 

  • transportation costs associated with moving of eligible breeding female animals and breeding males to an alternate feeding location to meet their winter feeding requirement
  • costs for eligible animals, transported between August 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres (km) up to a maximum one-way distance of 1,000 km
  • The return trip is eligible for up to 1,000 km one-way and application is required for both trips (move out and return) to be eligible for payment. If an application for the return trip is not submitted by the application deadline, the initial move may be deemed ineligible and if already paid will be considered an overpayment.
Payments will be based on the number of head and kilometres as indicated below:
  • breeding beef cattle at $0.08 per head per loaded kilometre
  • breeding sheep and goats at $0.03 per head per loaded kilometre
This program can be combined with Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance, excluding Feed Transportation.

GST is not an eligible expense.

The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500.


An alternate feeding area is a feedlot, custom feeder, or other location that was not owned, leased, or rented by the applicant and must be accessed to address a shortfall in winter feed capacity due to drought conditions in 2021.

Eligible animals cannot be sold or marketed prior to returning to the location of origin when temporary feeding is complete.

Eligible animals must remain in the new location for at least 30 days.

Eligible animals must return to the applicant's farm operation when temporary feeding is complete.

Applicants must sign a declaration confirming the number of eligible breeding animals at the time of first application. If the applicant reduces the number of eligible animals after submitting the application form and before March 15, 2022, the program administrator may recalculate the eligible animals applied to all previous payments, which may result in an overpayment.



1.       Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance Program – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. 

2.       Applicants are required to complete in full and submit the following documents:  

Application Form:  Applicants must complete the Livestock Transportation Form prescribed by the Administrator, declaring they meet all the program terms and conditions and that the information provided is complete and accurate. 

Declaration:  Applicants will need to submit a Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals with their first claim to declare the number of eligible livestock that will be maintained and overwintered. If the number of eligible livestock changes from your initial declaration, you should contact the Program Administration and complete a new declaration form. On the declaration, provide the name of the corporation, business or individual to whom the cheque is payable. Corporations should indicate their business number on the form. Sole proprietorship and partnersip should provide the social insurance number of the majority owner or main contact.

Applicants who Self-Haul feed or livestock must complete a Producer Self-Haul Declaration and include it in their submission. 

Note: You can also pick up an application package at any of the Agriculture/MASC Service Centres, or by calling us at 1-844-769-6224 to have an application package mailed to you. 

3.       To be eligible for funding, the applicant's name must be on all submitted receipts and invoices. 

4.       Include itemized invoices and receipts with your application form.

5.    Supporting documents and tools to assist you in completing your application:

6.       Your completed application form and supporting documents must be sent to an Authorized Manitoba Agriculture Representative by:


                     Or mail:
            Manitoba Agriculture
            AgriRecovery Drought Assistance
            903-401 York Avenue
            Winnipeg, MB R3C 0P8 

Note: If you do not receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application you should contact us immediately by email. 

7.       If your application is successful, you will receive a notification letter and cheque in the mail from the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC). 

8.       An audit inspection of final work may occur before or after payment is issued.  


Applications will be received on an ongoing basis until July 30, 2022 (11:59 p.m. CST).  


Manitoba Agriculture
AgriRecovery Drought Assistance
903-401 York Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0P8
Toll Free: 1-844-769-6224