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Pasture Recovery Initiative For Livestock Producers

08 June 2010

CANADA - From excess moisture in some parts of the province to not enough in others. Livestock producers in eligible counties and municipal districts in both Alberta and Saskatchewan will receive funding from federal and provincial governments under the Pasture Recovery Initiative to buy feed while damaged pastures recover from the dry conditions.

Agriculture Minister, Jack Hayden said that he is pleased to be able to offer support to producers who have suffered from an unusually dry weather for the past decade, but in particular the last two years.

"The 2010 Pasture Recovery Initiative will allow ranchers time and support to evaluate pastures and made forward decisions.

Those counties and municipal districts are primarily in central and northern Alberta. Brad Wildeman, president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, says this goes a long way towards the type of system the industry has been asking for.

Mr Wildeman said that the support will be made in the form of cash payments which will give ranchers the flexibility to make the right decision for their farm - whether is be buying feed, moving cattle to areas where there is feed or potentially downsizing.

"We need to rehabilitate these pastures which are devastated by drought. This funding allows every cattleman to make the decision best for his ranch at that time."

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