Livestock Welfare Producer Program FAQs

Livestock Welfare Producer Program FAQs

What are the eligible activities for the GF2 Livestock Welfare Producer program?

Project activities are limited to:

implementation of humane methods of livestock euthanasia;

adoption of internationally recognized Mass Destruction technologies for compromised livestock; and

the elimination of injury and distress through the adoption of low stress livestock handling systems.

Am I eligible for funding?

To be eligible to apply to the Program the Applicant must:

be a Livestock Producer,

have completed a Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment as outlined in the application requirements,

have a Premise ID; and,

participate in existing industry animal welfare programs

Is there a minimum project budget?

Yes, the total project Work Plan budget must be greater than $1,500 for consideration for funding under the Growing Forward 2 Livestock Welfare Producer Program

Is there a maximum project budget?

No, there is no maximum limit for the total project Work Plan budget, however, the Growing Forward Livestock Welfare Producer Program will reimburse a maximum of $50,000 per Applicant over the Program Term.

What is the cost share amount?

The Eligible Expenses will be cost shared at 50% grant and 50% Applicant.

When will I receive my reimbursement payment?

Reimbursement will be provided following completion of the Eligible Activities identified in the Approval Letter and submission of the Reimbursement Claim Form and other required documentation.

How long will I have to execute the Work Plan?

The Term in which Eligible Activities must be completed will be based on the estimated completion date indicated in the Work Plan and will be stated in the Approval Letter.

What is a Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment?

A Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment is required to complete an application. The Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment is an identification and analysis of gaps within the livestock production system that negatively impact livestock welfare. The Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment is different from risk assessments utilized in other GF2 funding programs.

Who establishes the parameters for the Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment?

The livestock industry establishes the parameters of the Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment including the supporting standards, assessment measures, performance targets and critical levels. The Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment will:

utilize the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) Animal Care Assessment Program based upon the Canadian Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Livestock;

for those livestock industries having not yet completed the NFACC Animal Care Assessment Program, an Interim Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment may be developed through the representative livestock Board(s) and deemed acceptable to the Minister

Who can conduct a Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment?

The minimum credentials required of assessors (i.e. minimum educational training, industry experience, etc.) are established by the livestock industry.

Who pays for the Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment?

The Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment by credentialed industry consultants may be reimbursed at a 50/50 cost share up to a maximum reimbursement amount of $500.

How long is the Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment valid?

Applications must be submitted within 6 months of the date the Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment was conducted.

There is not a Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment for my operation on the website?

It is the responsibility of the livestock industry and their representative Board(s) to develop a Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment that is acceptable to the Minister. If there is not a Livestock Welfare Risk listed/linked on the GF2 Livestock Welfare Producer Program webpage for your industry you are INELIGBLE to apply for funding at this time. PLEASE discuss this opportunity with your representative board.

What is a Premise ID and how do I apply?

Premise ID means a unique identifying number assigned to the premises of the Livestock Producer by the Minister in accordance with the Animal Health Act. A link to the Premise ID webpage can be found on the Growing Forward 2 Program website.

What are examples of eligible activities/expenses?

Beef: Loading/unloading chutes, sort pens, gating throughout the drive alley, crowd tubs, handling/sorting systems, squeeze chutes, anti-slip flooring, penetrating captive bolts*

Dairy: Loading/unloading chutes, sort pens, gating throughout the drive alley, holding area, return alleys, crowd tubs, hoof trimming units, anti-slip flooring, penetrating captive bolts*, non-penetrating captive bolts*

Swine: Loading/unloading chutes, sort pens, gating throughout the main drive alleys, crowd tubs, auto sort systems for marketing, anti-slip flooring, penetrating captive bolts*, non-penetrating captive bolt*, electrocution systems*

Sheep/Goats: Loading/unloading chutes, sort pens, gating throughout the drive alley, crowd tubs, handling/sorting systems, squeeze chutes, anti-slip flooring, penetrating captive bolts, non-penetrating captive bolts*

Other (Bison, elk, etc.): Loading/unloading chutes, sort pens, gating throughout the drive alley, crowd tubs, handling/sorting systems, squeeze chutes, anti-slip flooring, penetrating captive bolts*

Poultry: Transport Cages/crates, mechanical harvesters, non-penetrating captive bolts*, controlled flow gas systems*, electrocution systems*

*Requires approval of technology by the representative Board*

What are examples of ineligible activities/expenses?

Livestock trailers, bedding systems, feeding systems, modifications/changes to home pens (i.e. gestation stalls, layer cages, stanchions, etc.).

Environmental control systems (heating, ventilation, etc) unless utilized within the animal handling system. Watering systems are only eligible in the holding/sort/load out facilities.

Video surveillance equipment.

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