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Conditions under Which Livestock Will Be Accepted

The patron delivers his livestock subject to the Regulations and Policy made under The Pastures Act as amended from time to time. The Regulations and Policy are deemed embodied in and form part of these conditions.

The patron must be the owner of the livestock or have the right of ownership to the livestock delivered in his/her name and shall carry the patron's registered brand.

All livestock brought to the pasture must be in a healthy condition and free of infectious or contagious disease or parasites.

  • All cattle under two years of age must be inoculated with a blackleg vaccine prior to delivery;
  • All male animals, other than approved sires and sucking colts, must be effectively castrated and healed to the satisfaction of the Pasture Manager;
  • All cattle are to be dehorned before being delivered to pasture. Animals with trained horns or those considered not dangerous to other livestock may be accepted at the discretion of the Pasture Manager.

Given the incidence of anthrax in the province from time to time, certain pastures may also require anthrax vaccination of cattle prior to delivery.

Wild or unmanageable livestock, fence jumpers, fence crawlers or any animal suffering from chronic illness may be removed from the pasture.

The patron assumes full responsibility for all of the animals delivered to the pasture in all respects.

The provision of veterinary services and livestock treatments by a veterinarian or Pasture Manager may be undertaken at the Pasture Manager's discretion and at the owner's risk. The cost of such services and treatments will be charged directly to the patron. Where possible, the Pasture Manager will advise the patron prior to treatment.

The Ministry will not be liable for any death loss or any other losses to the livestock from accident or otherwise. The Ministry will not compensate the patron for any death loss or other losses incurred in the pasture.

The Ministry and its agents and employees shall not be liable in tort or in contract for any damages claimed by a patron, his agent or representative resulting from injuries of any nature sustained at or near the pasture.

The patron will be notified of the date of the roundup and removal of the patron's livestock. The patron or his representative is required to take delivery of his livestock and pay all outstanding fees and charges at that time. Unless prior arrangements have been made with the Pasture Manager, the fees for livestock remaining in the pasture after the roundup date will be the patron's responsibility. The patron may be required to be present for any roundup deemed necessary during the grazing season.

The patron agrees that any of the patron's livestock placed in a pasture may be retained by the Minister as collateral until all fees and charges relating to the pasturing of the livestock under this contract for the current year or arising from any previous year have been paid in full. If deemed necessary by the Minister, the livestock held as collateral may be sold to recover the outstanding indebtedness. Any monies surplus to those debts will be returned to the patron.

All fees and charges will be as set by the Ministry prior to the grazing season. Fees and charges are subject to change from year to year.

Special Conditions for Cattle and Horses:

  • All cattle under two years of age must be inoculated with a blackleg vaccine prior to delivery;
  • All male animals, other than approved sires and sucking colts, must be effectively castrated and healed to the satisfaction of the Pasture Manager;
  • All cattle are to be dehorned before being delivered to pasture. Animals with trained horns or considered not dangerous to other livestock may be accepted at the discretion of the Pasture Manager.
  • All cattle are to be tagged with Canadian Cattle Identification Agency approved RFID tags prior to delivery.

Special Conditions for Sheep:

  • All sheep brought to the pasture must be in a healthy condition and free of infectious or contagious disease or parasites;
  • All sheep must be sheared not less than one week prior to delivery;
  • All sheep will be dewormed at the pasture;
  • All sheep will be tagged or paint branded at the pasture.
  • All sheep are to be tagged with Canadian Sheep Identification Program approved tags prior to delivery. 

Special Conditions for Bulls:

  • Saskatchewan Pastures Program will provide full season management, feeding, care and handling for a flat fee as set in policy. The service provided includes:
    • On-site winter-feeding and care from November 1 to April 15.
    • Grazing care and handling from April 16 to October 31.
    • Provision of all: water, feed, straw, salt, mineral, vitamins A, D and E, and parasite control.
    • Bulls must be on site by December 1. Replacement bulls will be allowed entry at the manager's discretion.
    • Treatment such as hoof trimming, reproductive evaluation and semen testing will be provided at the patron's cost. Such costs will be included in the billing notice.
    • The patron will be notified by billing notice listing all current charges, payments, outstanding fees or overpayments. Payment must be received before May 31.
    • The delivery and removal of bulls from the pasture or the transport of bulls to and from the pasture are to have prior approval of the Pasture Manager. Transportation costs are the patron's responsibility.

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