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Drought and Dry Conditions

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On July 4, 2023, the Government of Alberta initiated the AgriRecovery process with a formal Request for Assessment from the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation to the Federal Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

On July 7, Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) shared it is doubling this year’s low yield allowance for cereal and pulse crops to be salvaged for livestock feed.

Livestock and poultry producers who have urgent need for an alternative water supply for their animals should contact Alberta Environment and Protected Areas for Temporary Livestock Water Assistance.

On August 21, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, announced an initial list of designated regions where Livestock Tax Deferral has been authorized for 2023 due to extreme weather conditions.

Also on August 21, Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, the Honourable RJ Sigurdson shared the following update with stakeholders:

In January 2024, the Canada-Alberta Drought Livestock Assistance initiative expanded to 23 new regions and the application deadline was extended to February 22.

Livestock drought assistance expanding to new regions in Alberta

Shortly thereafter, the Government of Alberta authorized the Drought Command Team to begin negotiations with major water license holders in southern Alberta river basins. The hope is to complete at least one water-sharing agreement for each of the Red Deer River, Box River, and Oldman River basins. The water-sharing agreements will be entered voluntarily and are expected to be completed before March 31.

Alberta Beef Producers continues to work with the Government of Alberta to explore the possibilities of a potential disaster relief framework.

Updates from Government of Alberta

“Since November 1, the unofficial start to winter in Alberta, precipitation has been well below average across much of Alberta’s agricultural areas. Large parts of the north half of the province are estimated to have a winter, thus far, this dry less than once in 50-years. Dry conditions have also persisted across the Central and Southern Regions, ranging from a few widely scattered pockets of near normal to near
once in 25-year lows in and around the Jenner area (approx. 200 km east of Calgary). Total Accumulations currently range from less than 10 mm through parts of the North East Region
up to over 50 mm along the foothills and 40 to 50 mm through northern and western portions of the Peace Region. For the drier parts of the North West, North East and Peace Regions this translates to less than 30% of the 1991-2020
average (Map 7). Elsewhere most other lands have received precipitation accumulations that have generally not exceeded 70% of the 1991-2020 average.

Agricultural Moisture Situation Update

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The Latest from ABP Daily

  • Top up on the way through 2023 Canada-Saskatchewan Feed Program

    Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lawrence MacAulay, and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit have announced that additional payments will be provided to eligible livestock producers already enrolled in the 2023 Canada-Saskatchewan Feed Program. The program, introduced in October of 2023, was put in place to help maintain the breeding herd in drought-impacted regions of…

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  • 2024 Alltech Agri-Food Outlook shares global feed production survey data

    Global animal feed production remained steady in 2023 at 1.29 billion metric tons (BMT), a slight decrease of 2.6 million metric tons (MMT) — or 0.2 per cent — from 2022’s estimates, according to the 2024 Agri-Food Outlook, released by Alltech. The annual survey, now in its 13th year, includes data from 142 countries and more…

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  • NRCB provisions for confined feeding of cow-calf herds during drought conditions

    The NRCB recognizes that many areas of the province are dealing with drought conditions. If these conditions continue into the 2024 growing season, they could cause poor grass pastures, lack of water for livestock, lack of harvestable forage crops, and the summer confined feeding of cow-calf herds may be necessary. Under normal conditions, confined feeding…

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Cattle Report

Updated: 12/04/2024


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Choice Heifers

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Rail: 293.00-295.00 (NE, IA)

Boner Cows

Over 500 lbs: 250.84

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$72.82   0.32

Livestock Price Insurance Index

Expiry Fed Feeder Calf
8-Jul-24 226 -- --
5-Aug-24 222 318 --
2-Sep-24 220 324 --
30-Sep-24 220 324 366
28-Oct-24 218 324 366
25-Nov-24 216 320 364
23-Dec-24 222 312 360
Last Updated on April 11, 2024

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