There are an estimated 100 million kilos of hay pledged to the Hay West ’21 initiative ready for a trip west from the Maritimes, Quebec, and Ontario.
The federal minister of agriculture, Marie-Claude Bibeau, on Wednesday (Dec. 15) pledged as much as $3 million in assist for this system to assist cowl the price of hay transport. That’s along with $1 million dedicated by the federal authorities to the Hay West initiative in September.
However it received’t be sufficient to take care of the cow herd to pre-drought ranges.
Mary Robinson, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, says the precedence proper now’s to get the hay that has been provided to the 1000’s of cattle in Western Canada.
“We all know precious breeding inventory at the moment are being culled as a consequence of each an absence of hay within the quick, in addition to ‘provide uncertainty’ via to spring,” Robinson says.
Beneath the Hay West program, 5.6 million kilos of hay have been shipped to over 75 producers. However it’s not sufficient. The demand for hay from the Prairie Provinces is properly above even the 100 million kilos dedicated, says CFA. There may be additionally a further want in B.C., after 1000’s of bales of feed had been destroyed in excessive floods in mid-November.
Farmers should buy hay at a set value per pound via Hay West. These providing hay promote it on the similar worth, with this system masking the price of transport.
Robinson says that many farmers who’re promoting hay donate the funds again to this system to assist cowl transport prices.
“With these funds, we are able to feed extra, however we shall be searching for ongoing funding from the federal government and company donors to proceed this program over the approaching months to assist as many animals and producers as potential. Each cargo is saving animals and saving farm households’ livelihoods,” Robinson says. “The extra certainty and predictability we may give farmers on each ends of those shipments, the higher they’ll be capable to put together and assist decrease the long-term impacts of this feed scarcity on our Canadian beef sector. The extra funding we safe, the extra breeding inventory we may also help keep and the sooner restoration shall be.”
Farm Credit score Canada, the Authorities of PEI, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, and CN Rail have additionally provided vital assist of this system.
CN Rail is at the moment providing to match donated funds as much as $125,000, for a complete of $250,000.
For extra info, go to haywest2021.net.