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.


The application deadline of July 30, 2022 has now passed.


Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance- Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs, as well as other program requirements.


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 or Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) programming, and amounts due and owing by the applicant under other Manitoba Agriculture or MASC programming.


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

Eligible Activities and Expenses
Transportation costs associated with moving of eligible breeding female animals and breeding males to an alternate feeding location to meet their winter feeding requirements
Costs for eligible animals, transported between August 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 1,000 kilometres
The return trip is eligible for up to 1,000 kilometres 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 overpayment


Payments are based on the number of head and kilometres
$0.08 per head per loaded kilometre for breeding beef cattle
$0.03 per head per loaded kilometre for breeding sheep and goats

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.


Additional Information
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.



The application dealine of July 30, 2022 has now passed.


Invoices for livestock hauling purchases are required for each custom-hauling purchase. For both custom and self-haul claims, invoices are required for eligible feed purchases, custom feeding services, or other evidence that the eligible animals have moved to an alternate feeding location. Proof of payment for each invoice is required (e.g., cleared cheques, bank statement, credit or debit card receipt).




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