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Forage Assistance for Drought Hit Manitoba

08 September 2008

CANADA - Applications are now available for the new Forage Assistance Programme for Manitoba livestock producers who are in need of financial help to transport feed or livestock due to excess moisture or drought conditions, Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Rosann Wowchuk announced today.

"We know that for affected livestock producers it's urgent they can get feed to the areas most affected by this year's excessive rains, overland flooding and drought," said Wowchuk. "We've accelerated our work on this program to deliver assistance to producers as soon as possible."


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"We've accelerated our work on this program to deliver assistance to producers as soon as possible."
Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Rosann Wowchuk

Application forms are now available at Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) GO Offices and will be available online beginning this weekend at www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture. MAFRI staff will also be available to provide producers with information and advice on livestock nutrition, alternative feeds and financial management. Contact any MAFRI GO Office to answer questions or to arrange for an appointment.

To be eligible for the Forage Assistance Program, producers must be short of feed due to drought or excess moisture conditions and have had ownership of the animals from Aug. 1, 2008, to the date of application. Also, the animals must be located in Manitoba. The amount of assistance available will vary with the type of feed and livestock.

Eligible livestock include beef cattle, dairy cattle fed to produce beef, bison, elk, sheep, goats, deer, ranch horses and llamas.

The program applies across Manitoba, providing feed transportation assistance for hay and straw being transported to feed to eligible animals. As a farm management alternative, the program provides support to transport livestock to alternate feeding locations in Manitoba.

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