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Crown Land Pasture Grazing Associations – Assurance System Producer Program

The Crown land pasture grazing association stream of the Assurance System Producer Program provides beef cattle grazing associations that operate on Saskatchewan Crown land pastures a rebate for veterinarian assessments, Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) Audits and approved eligible equipment expenses that improve biosecurity and animal welfare practices. Eligible applicants must meet the program criteria below.

Eligibility

  • You are eligible to apply for a rebate if:
    You are a beef cattle grazing association operating on Saskatchewan Crown land. This includes:
    • Former Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) community pastures;
    • Former Saskatchewan Pastures Program (SPP) pastures; or
    • Grazing co-ops.
  • You have a Saskatchewan Premises Identification (PID) number; and
  • For the Training Stream, the pasture manager, or person in an equivalent role who is in charge of the day-to-day operations and care of the animals in the pasture, has completed the required VBP+ training; or
  • For the Certification Stream, the Crown land pasture grazing association has achieved VBP+ certification.

Maximum program rebate, depending on the application stream, is per Crown land pasture grazing association, which may include more than one project location or facility that is assessed.

For clarification regarding eligibility, contact the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377.

Rebate Details

Funding is available for veterinarian assessments, VBP+ Audits and approved eligible equipment. Equipment must be installed and/or functional to be eligible for rebate. Pictures may be requested.

Approved eligible costs are funded at 50 per cent to a maximum program rebate as follows:

Training Stream - $2,500

  • Step 1: The pasture manager, or person in an equivalent role who is in charge of the day-to-day operations and care of the animals in the pasture, completes the VBP+ training;
  • Step 2: Have a veterinarian assessment and Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report completed for the pasture.
  • The veterinarian assessment and Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report must be completed before any equipment purchases are made.

Certification Stream - $15,000

  • Step 1: The pasture manager, or person in an equivalent role who is in charge of the day-to-day operations and care of the animals in the pasture, completes the VBP+ training;
  • Step 2: Have a veterinarian assessment and Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report completed for the pasture.
  • Step 3: The pasture grazing associations complete the VBP+ Audit and achieves Certification.
  • The veterinarian assessment and Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report must be completed before any equipment purchases are made.

Maximum rebate for veterinarian assessments and completing the Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report is $500 per operation (this can include more than one assessment or a follow up assessment).

VBP+ Audit rebates are eligible to a maximum rebate: of $625 for Level 1 (cow-calf).

Program payments are subject to a minimum rebate of $250.

VBP+ Training, Audit and Certification

Information on the VBP+ training and the On-farm Audit and Certification process is available on the Verified Beef Production Plus website.

Veterinarian Assessment and Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report

The veterinarian assessment must be completed by a veterinarian licensed with the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association. The veterinarian must be an arm's-length third party from the operation being assessed. The legal land location of the project location/facility assessed must be identified on the Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report for Crown land pasture grazing associations. After the visit to the operation, the veterinarian completes the online Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report based on the on-farm assessment, saves a copy for their records and provides a copy to the Crown land pasture grazing association.

Note: The Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report must be completed electronically by the veterinarian. Handwritten reports will not be accepted.

Download the veterinarian biosecurity/animal welfare equipment recommendation report for Crown land pasture grazing associations.

Before you apply

  • Review eligibility;
  • The pasture manager, or person in an equivalent role who is in charge of the day-to-day operations and care of the animals in the pasture, completes the VBP+ training;
  • Have a veterinarian assessment and the Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report for Crown land pasture grazing associations completed by a veterinarian licensed with the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association; and
  • If applying under the Certification Stream, complete the VBP+ Audit and achieve certification.

Eligible Expenses

Equipment items below are rebated at 50 per cent of eligible costs. There is no limit to the number of equipment items a Crown land pasture grazing association may purchase within the program maximums. Items must be identified on the Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report, completed by the veterinarian, to be considered for funding. Items as identified on the Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report, regardless of risk level, will be considered for funding.

Eligible items include:

Biosecurity

  • Segregation pen:
    • Metal panels, metal gate(s) and metal feed bunk(s);
    • Gates(s) and metal bunk(s) must be claimed in conjunction with the metal panels.
  • Deadstock site (fencing):
    • Posts (metal or wood), wire, fasteners (staples); and
  • Fencing to prevent access to standing water:
    • Posts (metal or wood), wire, fasteners (staples).

Animal Welfare Improvements

  • Tilt table:
    • Stationary or portable, hydraulic or manual;
  • Bud box:
    • Metal;
  • Cattle oiler;
  • Loading chute:
    • Metal, and
    • Portable or stationary, adjustable;
  • Squeeze chute:
    • All chute types including portable or stationary, manual or hydraulic including powerpak, all types of gates, palpation cage, extra restraints including neck extender, head holder, sternum bar;
    • Head gate if purchased standalone;
  • Alleyway:
    • Metal – all types and lengths;
  • Crowding tub:
    • Metal – all sizes; and
  • Remote surveillance for water quality monitoring:
    • Game camera connected to cell service to monitor water quality;
    • Range booster.

Ineligible Expenses

Ineligible expenses include:

  • Start-up beef cattle grazing associations on Crown land; i.e. locations where facilities with permanent infrastructure necessary for confining and handling livestock did not previously exist;
  • Beef cattle grazing associations not located on Saskatchewan Crown land;
  • Expenditures prior to the date of veterinarian's Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report and program launch of May 20, 2020;
  • Expenditures that have been claimed or will be claimed under other Canadian Agricultural Partnership programs;
  • Equipment or items not recommended or identified on the Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report;
  • Equipment or items such as: windbreaks, windbreak panels, concrete, paddock slabs, water bowls or water appliances;
  • Applicant, employee or third-party salaries or labour and installation costs or administration costs;
  • Subscription services for water monitoring cameras;
  • Basic repair and maintenance or ongoing expenses;
  • Purchase of buildings or construction of new buildings, additions, or building modifications;
  • Cost for use of own equipment or tools;
  • Fabricated items or equipment not purchased from a recognized dealer. For the purposes of the program, a recognized dealer is typically defined as a business where manufacturing is a key service or the business is an authorized dealer for a certain item(s);
  • Leased, used or self-made equipment, including any equipment bought at auction;
  • Extended warranty or insurance costs;
  • Financing, interest, legal fees or taxes;
  • In-kind materials;
  • Plumbing and electrical expenses;
  • Shipping, freight or brokerage fees; and
  • VBP+ training costs for either on-line or in-person workshop.
  • Any submissions for rebate utilizing a third-party vendor must be from a vendor who is third party arm's-length, or the claim will be funded based on the actual purchase price and require the submission of original invoices.

Deadlines

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

Applications must be received by December 31, 2022.

Apply

The Assurance System Producer Program – Crown Land Pasture Grazing Associations Application Form is available in the Related Links below.

Note: It is recommended the application form be saved to your computer before entering information.

Download the Assurance System Producer Program – Crown Land Pasture Grazing Associations Rebate Application Form.

Completed applications can be submitted by email to agprograms@gov.sk.ca or by mail to Assurance System Producer Program, Ministry of Agriculture, Programs Branch, Room 329, 3085 Albert Street, Regina SK, S4S 0B1.

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