Government of New Brunswick

Overview

The objective of this program is to grow, renew and improve the New Brunswick beef cow herd.

Eligibility

All beef farms are eligible for financial incentives provided that they meet the following conditions:

• Premises on which the farming activities occur must be located in New Brunswick.
• An individual representing the applicant farm operation must have attained the legal age of 19 in the province of New Brunswick.
• Applicants must be compliant with the Livestock Operations Act or have a license application or renewal in process. In the case of license application or renewal, the Registrar under the Livestock Operations Act should be consulted to ensure that no major limitations to the issuance of a license exist.
• No current or former public office holder, public servant, Member of the Legislative Assembly or Member of the House of Commons who is not in compliance with applicable conflict of interest guidelines and legislation shall derive any benefit from this program.
• Applicants must be members in good standing with the New Brunswick Cattle Producers. The annual producer registration form must be submitted.
• Retained Bred Heifers must be kept for a minimum of 1 year unless culled for health or production reasons



Eligibility Criteria:

Basic Herd Growth


- All bred heifers must be confirmed pregnant by a veterinarian or presented for veterinarian confirmation as a heifer with her calf born after September 1st, 2021 and before February 26th, 2022

• CCIA eartag numbers will be required
• Eligible bred heifer numbers will be based on current mature cow numbers on the farm. Only heifers above 10% of cow numbers are eligible for payment and the limit per farm is those heifers above the 10% replacement rate and up to 20% of cow numbers
• Example; 50 cow herd, 10% replacement rate is 5 heifers. 20% of cow herd is 10 heifers. Herd can apply for up to 5 heifers but must show confirmed pregnancies on 10 heifers.
• All farms must have proper handling facilities in order for veterinarian to check pregnancy status of heifers safely
• Dairy animals or dairy type animals are not eligible

Advanced Herd Growth

• Same as basic herd growth plus the following
• A minimum of 50% of young unbred heifers in the herd must be genetically tested and test results submitted with claim
• Those heifers selected for breeding should have genomic test results that meet the following minimum criteria;
• In the case of purebred herds- retained heifers must have a minimum of 3 GE-EPD’s above breed average
• In the case of crossbred herds- retained heifers must have a minimum of 3 traits with above average genomic test results
• Costs for genetic testing are eligible under a separate program under the Beef Genetic Enhancement program. 100% up to a max of $500.

Description

Basic Herd Growth

Applicants will be eligible for financial assistance of $200 per retained bred heifer above the usual 10% replacement rate. Eligible numbers of heifers will be determined based on current mature cow numbers, defined as cows that have already had at least one calf. Eligible heifers will be those heifers above 10% of mature cow numbers and up to 20% of mature cow numbers. All retained heifers must be confirmed pregnant by a veterinarian or presented for veterinarian confirmation as a heifer with her calf born after September 1st, 2021 and before February 26th, 2022

Advanced Herd Growth

Applicants will be eligible for financial assistance of $400 per retained bred heifer above the usual 10% replacement rate. Eligible numbers of heifers will be determined based on current mature cow numbers, defined as cows that have already had at least one calf. Eligible heifers will be those heifers above 10% of mature cow numbers and up to 20% of mature cow numbers. All retained heifers must be confirmed pregnant by a veterinarian or presented for veterinarian confirmation as a heifer with her calf born after September 1st, 2021 and before February 26th, 2022


In order to qualify for the Advanced Herd Growth program, at least 50 % of the herds’ young unbred heifers will be required to be genomically tested and those selected for breeding must meet minimum genetic standards as described in criteria


The maximum assistance will be $2,000 per farm.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until funding is exhausted.

Deadline for applications is November 26, 2021.

Deadline for claims is Feb 28th, 2022

Contact Information Email Location
Fredericton