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Feed-Testing Insurance

An important part of the new feed and transportation assistance announced last week is the feed-testing component that is being provided to help determine the nutritional value of forage products.

Feed Testing Assistance provides 50 per cent of the cost of feed tests for up to three samples per producer.

This program was developed to ensure the feed quality is taken into account in determining the shortfall and to help producers determine optimal rations for their herds based on available feedstuffs.

The new Canada-Manitoba Feed and Transportation Assistance Program being delivered by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives also provides: transportation assistance of up to $0.22 per tonne per loaded mile for producers who must transport feed to livestock or up to $0.10 per head per loaded mile for producers who need to transport breeding animals to feed at distances greater than normally expected due to excess moisture; and feed assistance of up to $30 per ton based on an identified forage shortage to help producers who normally grow their own forage to purchase enough feed to sustain their breeding stock.

These payments will be included as eligible income in the calculation of program margins under the AgriStability program. This will ensure producers are not compensated twice for the same loss.

Producers are encouraged to contact their local Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) office, or go online at www.gov. mb.ca/agriculture for more information and application forms.

Checkpoint Logs 98,000 Cattle

Movements of about 98,000 beef cattle were recorded over the past 12 months at the West Hawk Lake checkpoint near the Manitoba/Ontario border, according to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

Under the West Hawk Lake (WHL) Zoning Initiative, livestock are tracked as they’re trucked across their only passage point between Eastern and Western Canada, for a chance to maintain at least one of two regions as disease free in case of a foreign animal disease outbreak.

With operating hours limited in 2010, it’s estimated only about a third of animals crossing the checkpoint were tracked, the CCA said. But with federal funding pledged in May, the site has run continuously since Dec. 6.

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