Livestock Welfare Producer
Livestock Welfare Producer
Due to the large volume of applications received and a high demand for grant dollars, the Livestock Welfare Producer Program will not reopen for the remainder of Growing Forward 2 (which runs until March 31, 2018).
If you have already submitted an application to the program, our staff are working on processing those applications and will communicate with applicants on the status of your application once it is reviewed.
For those producers that are interested in monitoring the availability of future Livestock Welfare programming, please subscribe to notifications regarding the next agricultural policy framework agreement (see link on top right side of homepage) to receive email updates on what initiatives and programs may be offered under the next framework.
- Except in unique circumstances, all applications MUST include an approved Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment.
- Project Activities completed prior to the Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment are ineligible for reimbursement.
- The Livestock Welfare Risk Assessments are being developed by the representative industry Boards (Alberta Pork, Alberta Beef, etc.). Please contact your industry Board for more information.
- When available, the Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment for each industry will be posted on this website.
Program purpose statement
To provide financial support for Alberta livestock producers to adopt best management practices and technologies that improve livestock welfare, thereby enhancing competitiveness and sustainability
The Growing Forward 2 Livestock Welfare Producer Program addresses three major industry objectives:
- Implementation of humane methods of livestock Euthanasia.
- Adoption of internationally recognized Mass Destruction technologies for compromised livestock.
- The elimination of injury and distress through the adoption of low stress livestock handling systems.
How are costs shared?
Under the Livestock Welfare Producer Program, successful applicants are eligible for reimbursement for 50% of approved capital and non-capital costs, to a maximum amount of $50,000 per applicant for the program term.
- Eligible capital expenses include the cost of infrastructure changes and building modifications required to accommodate the project and the cost of purchase and installation of approved livestock equipment. The approved livestock equipment must be installed and used in Alberta for at least five years.
- Examples of eligible capital expenses are provided for each livestock industry in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) sheet provided on this website.
- Eligible non-capital expenses include infrastructure changes required for the project, employment expenses required for the project activities, training services and the cost of conducting the Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment by a credentialed industry consultant up to a maximum of $500.
Am I eligible for this program?
Producers in Alberta raising livestock -- such as (but not limited to) hogs, dairy and beef cattle, poultry, sheep and goats – are eligible to apply for funding. In addition, the Applicant must have a Premise ID (a Premise ID application is available on line) as required by the Animal Health Act, be participating in existing industry animal welfare programs, and have completed a Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment as outlined in the application:
How do I apply for this program?
You are asked to apply to the program by submitting an application and providing the required supporting documentation. A complete application must be received before the project can be reviewed and funding approved.
Livestock Welfare Risk Assessments
Prior to conducting a Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment you should familiarize yourself with the relevant Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farm Animals which are available for download at http://www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice. A copy of the relevant Codes of Practice MUST be available on-site for reference during the Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment.
Please note: At this time, the Livestock Welfare Risk Assessments listed below are available for your information only. Livestock Welfare Risk Assessments will not be accepted until the program re-opens.
Beef Cattle Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment
Bison Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment
Dairy Cattle Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment
Elk Interim Livestock Risk Assessment
Layer Poultry Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment
New Production Facility Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment
Sheep Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment
Swine Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment
Turkey Producer Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment
When available, the Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment for each industry will be posted on this website.
For more information
Please contact the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276) to find out more about the program, or to speak with the program lead.
Note: As of July 25, 2016, the Growing Forward 2 Livestock Welfare Program office will be temporarily relocated to the Legislature Annex Building at 9718 - 107 Street in Edmonton.
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