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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. 

Technology and Science Adoption Sub-Program - Beef Genetics Project

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.

On - Farm Assurance - Beef

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.

RFID Readers

50% funding up to a maximum of $1,333.00 per reader for completing Phase I of the VBP+ program. Or, 75% up to $2,000.00 for completing Phase I of the VBP+ program and attending a Humane Handling Workshop.

VPB+ registered producers 

VPB+ registered producers will be eligible for 50% of the cost of a third party re-audit for VBP+, value of $362.50.


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.

Handling Facilities

50% funding up to a maximum of $5,000.00 per handling system for producers who attend a Humane Handling Workshop and complete Phase I of the VBP+ program.


Two Biosecurity barn signs to any producer who completes Phase I of the VBP+ program.

Verified Beef Production

Verified Beef Production (VBP) is Canada's verified on-farm food safety program for beef – a dynamic program to uphold consumer confidence in the products and good practices of this country's beef producers.
Canada's beef producers already have a reputation for acting responsibly, but VBP takes that to a new level. Grass-roots driven and industry-led, the program is part of a broad effort by Canada's food providers to ensure on-farm food safety. Click below for more information about the program or to take part. You can also contact the PEI Cattle Producers for more information.

VBP+ Audits: 

75% of the cost of a Third-Party Audit to become “Registered” under the VBP+ program, value of $543.75.

Premise Identification

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

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, 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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