An important part of the $18-million in feed and transportation assistance announced for Manitoba farmers last week is the feed-testing component that is being provided to help determine the nutritional value of forage products, a Manitoba Government release says.
Feed Testing Assistance provides 50 per cent of the cost of feed tests for up to three samples per producer.
This program was developed to ensure the feed quality is taken into account in determining the shortfall and to help producers determine optimal rations for their herds based on available feed stuffs.
The new Canada-Manitoba Feed and Transportation Assistance Program being delivered by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives also provides:
• Transportation assistance of up to $0.22 per tonne per loaded mile for producers who must transport feed to livestock or up to $0.10 per head per loaded mile for producers who need to transport breeding animals to feed at distances greater than normally expected due to excess moisture.
• Feed assistance of up to $30 per ton based on an identified forage shortage to help producers who normally grow their own forage to purchase enough feed to sustain their breeding stock.
These payments will be included as eligible income in the calculation of program margins under the AgriStability program. This will ensure producers are not compensated twice for the same loss.
Producers are encouraged to contact their local Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) office, or go online for more information and application forms.