Manitoba Beef Producers Statement re: AgriRecovery Initiative

Posted October 16, 2020

Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) recognizes the important financial support being made available
through Agri-Recovery for the 2020 Canada-Manitoba Finished Cattle Feed Assistance Program.

Manitoba’s cattle sector, like the rest of the Canadian industry has been adversely impacted by the
effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including processing disruptions in the early months of the
pandemic which backed up cattle through the system and have created added costs for the industry.

MBP thanks the federal government for its 60 per cent funding contribution to the pro gram and
appreciated the opportunity this week to discuss matters affecting Manitoba’s beef industry with
the Honourable Marie Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri -Food. MBP also acknowledges
the role the Government of Manitoba will play in administering this program by processing
applications and flowing payments under it.

The Program will allocate up to $2.5 million in AgriRecovery disaster relief funding to assist eligible
Manitoba producers. Owners of finished cattle have under December 1, 2020 to apply for
$1.20/day/animal to “help offset costs to feed animals beyond their expected marketing dates, due
to slaughter plant closures and operational reductions resulting from COVID-19 outbreaks, or
disease control measures.” The program covers eligible extraordinary costs incurred between April
15, 2020 and August 31, 2020.

MBP continues to advocate with both federal and provincial government officials for more
responsive business risk management programs and tools to help the beef industry mitigate risk.

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Manitoba Beef Producers is the exclusive voice of the beef industry in Manitoba, representing 6,300 producers. MBP’s
mission is to represent all beef producers through communication, advocacy, research, and education – within the
industry and to governments, consumers and others, to improve prosperity and ensure a sustainable future.

For further information contact:
Carson Callum, General Manager   Phone: 204.772.4542

David Hultin, Communications Coordinator   Phone: 204.558.4502 or dhultin@mbbeef.ca