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Programs

The PEI Cattle Producers Association offers a range of programs for its members, including the Verified Beef Plus program, the Cattle Price Insurance Program, and the PEI Verified Beef program. Verified Beef Plus is a comprehensive cattle management and traceability program that allows producers to track and manage their herd data. The Cattle Price Insurance Program provides producers with protection against price fluctuations in the cattle market, while the PEI Verified Beef program is a brand that certifies that beef products meet specific standards for quality and safety. Together, these programs offer a range of benefits and opportunities for cattle producers in PEI. Please see below all the programs available to PEI Cattle Producers. 

Agricultre Livestock Strategy
Genetics & Cattle Handling

The Technology and Science Adoption Sub-Program will support the adoption and/or implementation of best practices, new technologies, and processes that will improve efficiency and profit margins. The Beef Genetics Project offered under this program, addresses seed-stock testing, premium sires, purebred heifer purchase, and Commercial heifer evaluation.
Click below for the application.

Assurance Program 
RFID Readers & VBP+ Audits

The objective of this program is to improve the uptake, knowledge and education as it relates to Assurance Systems, such as Verified Beef Production VBP+, Traceability, Biosecurity, Animal Welfare and Animal Health. Click here for the Application. Click below for the application.

Age Verification Program

To help Island cattle producers in being included in the CCIA's system, the PEI Cattle Producers offers a third party Age Verification service. To verify the age of your herd, complete the verification forms available HERE or from the PEICP's office, and fax them along with birth dates to the PEICP at (fax: 902-367-3082). There is no cost to the producer for this service. For more information on Age Verification please CLICK below.

Cattle Handling Systems
Deadline February 28, 2024

Assistance of 50% funding up to a maximum of $5,000 for handling facilities will be available to eligible producers

 Must have approved training within 3 years prior to claim date

Any ONE of the following:

For headgates and chute systems the equipment must be new and purchased from an authorized dealer (used equipment is not eligible)
 

Please note – funding may be prorated based on producer uptake

Beef Genetic Enhancement
Deadline February 282024

Beef Bull Seedstock Evaluation 

Beef Heifer Retention

(Seedstock & Commercial)

Elite Sire Purchase Program 

Purchased purebred bulls will be eligible for an incentive of up to $1000

Elite Femal Purchase Program

Purchased purebred or F1 Hybrid heifers will be eligible for an incentive of up to $300

VBP+ Audits or Re-Audits
Deadline March 11, 2024

75% funding of the cost for a first time third tarty Audit for VBP+

 

50% funding for the cost of a Third-Party Re-Audit for subsequent VBP+ third party audits.

 

For 2023/2024 the “Application for Certification and Audit Agreement” must be submitted by January 26th, 2024, to get on the schedule to be audited by the claim deadline.

Audit costs: 

Cow/Calf Audit ($1250+HST)

 Feedlot Audit ($1750+HST)

 Combined Audit ($2000+HST)

RFID Readers
Deadline March 11, 2024

50% funding up to a maximum of $1,333.00 per reader for completing VBP+ training within the previous 3 years.

 75% up to $2,000.00 for completing VBP+ training and has a certificate of completion for a Humane Handling training program within the previous 3 years.

Premise Identification

Please click HERE to fill out the Premise Identification form and click HERE for more information on Premise Identification.

ALUS

The ALUS (Alternative Land Use Services) program is a voluntary program for PEI landowners and farmers. The program protects PEI water, fish and wildlife habitat. The goals of the ALUS program is to reduce soil erosion and siltation of streams; to improve water quality; to improve and increase wildlife habitat; and to reduce the impact of climate change. For more information please see below.

Deadstock Pick-up and Removal Service

This is a fee-based service available to all Island Beef Producers. Fees are based on inventories or marketings from each individual farm. Invoices for the service are sent out in March. Only those who pay their invoice will be eligible for pick-ups.

This is a fee-based service available to all Island Beef Producers. Fees are based on inventories or marketings from each individual farm. Invoices for the service are sent out in March. Only those who pay their invoice will be eligible for pick-ups.
 

Inventories and marketing are obtained from individual producers when they register with the PEI Cattle Producers (PEICP). If a producer does not register, the fee is based on the previous year's deadstock pickups representing 6% of the herd, and/or the producer is billed based on an estimate of his inventory or marketings.
Once a producer pays his invoice, his name is added to a list of those eligible for pick-up.

If a producer calls Maritime Pet Foods (MPF) for pickup, and they are not on the list of paid producers, they will be directed to contact the PEICP. Once a fee has been determined and the fee has been paid, the PEICP will notify MPF to pick up the animal.
 

Producers, who experience a high number of mortality on farms, may be subject to additional High Use fees. High Use fees are based on the number of animals picked up between January 1- December 31 of the previous year. This fee is $100.00/animal for each animal picked up that is above 6% of their total inventory or marketing. The PEICP has developed an appeal policy for anyone who wishes to appeal their High Use fees.
 

A producer is required to pay their deadstock fee to be in good standing with the PEICP. A producer in good standing can participate in any programs or services offered by the PEICP.
 

Some producers have indicated that they compost their dead livestock on farms. As a result, the PEICP is going to offer these producers the ability to undergo an on-farm audit of their compost site for a cost. Upon completion of the audit, if the producer meets the provincial requirements for on-farm composting of dead livestock, the producer will be considered to be in good standing with the PEICP. To request an audit, a producer must sign and submit the on-farm composting questionnaire. 

If you would like to pay your Deadstock fees online please e-transfer peicp@agricommodity.ca, please include your invoice number in the memo. 
 

For more information of on-farm composting of dead livestock please view the following links:

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Composting of Cattle on Farm factsheet

Dairying for Tomorrow, Mortality Composting – Factsheet

Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Specified Risk Material - Requirements for Canadian Cattle Producers

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