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Livestock Drought Recovery Support Expanded

The Government of Alberta announced that they will be expanding the 2023 Livestock Drought Recovery Support to help producers maintain breeding herds.

The 2023 Canada-Alberta Drought Livestock Assistance Initiative is expanding eligibility to 23 new regions and extending the application deadline. Funding for this joint AgriRecovery initiative is provided through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP).

Livestock producers in eligible regions who altered their usual grazing practices due to drought conditions for more than 21-days, can apply for financial support to cover losses incurred to manage and maintain female breeding animals, including cattle, bison, horses, elk, sheep, goats, alpaca, and more. A minimum of 15 animals per type of livestock are required to qualify. 

Funding for the new regions will open on January 29, 2024. Applicants in this intake may receive payments of up to $150 per head. The application deadline has been extended to February 22, 2024, and extraordinary costs can be incurred until March 31, 2024. The expansion also gives producers who were already eligible under the program another opportunity to apply.

The initiative is administered by the Agriculture Financial Service Corporation (AFSC) and more information and applications can be found on their website at

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