Beef set aside program opened

Ontario beef farmers can apply to program for cattle that can’t be processed

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Ontario beef farmers affected by the closure of Cargill Meat Solution’s beef processing plant in Guelph can now apply for government assistance.

The emergency assistance will provide up to $5 million after the Cargill plant shut down after spread of COVID-19 at the plant, which will result in a backlog of beef cattle waiting for processing in Ontario.

Starting Dec. 21, Ontario beef farmers can apply for funding to cover the costs of feeding and holding market-ready cattle due to COVID-19-related processing delays.

The program is part of an agreement between the provinces and the federal government through AgriRecovery, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Agricorp will deliver the programming and receive applications.

“I commend the federal and provincial governments for moving swiftly to ensure this tool and funding support was made available to Ontario cattle producers to help mitigate the impact of the disruptions we’ve experienced at processing,” said Rob Lipsett, president, Beef Farmers of Ontario.

Application information is available from Agricorp here.

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