Drought relief support for livestock producers

The governments of Alberta and Canada are providing $165 million to support livestock producers affected by drought and extreme growing conditions. Applications for the 2023 Canada-Alberta Drought Livestock Assistance initiative close midnight January 15, 2024.

To be eligible for the initiative, livestock producers must:

  • Be located (livestock or residence) in specified municipalities
  • Have altered their usual grazing practices due to drought conditions for more than 21 days in 2023
  • Have incurred losses to manage and maintain female breeding animals such as cattle, bison, horses, elk, sheep, goats, alpacas, yak, musk ox, deer, water buffalo and llamas. A minimum of 15 animals per type of livestock are required to qualify.

Benefits will be based on a feed-need calculation for feed costs incurred resulting from lost grazing days for eligible breeding animals on hand as of December 31, 2023. Eligible producers could access up to $150 per head to help maintain the breeding herd in drought regions. 

Read the release: Applications opening for livestock drought relief