The Cattle Industry Enhancement Program

Nova Scotia’s newest CAP Program is now available: The Cattle Industry Enhancement Program

This program seeks to improve industry competitiveness and resilience through disease prevention and control, enhancing animal health and welfare and improving genetic potential.

Application deadline: December 31, 2020

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MP Sean Fraser Visits Six Maples Farm

Thank you to MP Sean Fraser for visiting Six Maples Farm and discussing with Danny and Alicia King the importance of the beef industry, as well as their farm’s environmental stewardship efforts!

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Stockyard offers regional market opportunities for Atlantic producers

Atlantic Stockyards Limited was highlighted in Canadian Cattlemen, in an article discussing “one of the few remaining livestock markets in the region”.

“It’s a great opportunity for local farmers to bring livestock here to be sold as opposed to a drover coming door-to-door because they don’t have to pay trucking and take the risk of shipping cattle to Ontario or Quebec,” owner Scott Dixon says.

The article can be found on the Canadian Cattlemen website.


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Transportation Regulation Manifests and Training

The NSCP have resources available for producers regarding the transportation regulation amendments earlier this year. CFIA resources can be found within the Animal Health section of our website, as well as a fillable livestock manifest.

Beginning September 1, 2020, manifest books will be available at our office for a fee of $10.00 each, for 50 triplicate copies. If you would like customized books made, please contact ASE Print at 902-895-8804. There will be a fee of $25.00 for customization.

Canadian Livestock Transport (CLT) offer an online course for commercial trucker three-year certification at $200.00 for one species, with fees increasing up to all four species. Additional information can be found on their website. Commercial truckers in Nova Scotia who are interested in participating in this training can contact our office for potential funding opportunities.

We are in the process of planning producer livestock training and will release additional details in the coming weeks.

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Emergency Forage Planning for When Hay is Tight

Realizing that unfortunately for many, hay supplies will likely be tight in the coming winter months, Real Agriculture have compiled a list of options either through management, planting, or feeding, to help keep animals cared for in the months ahead.

Their full list of suggestions, such as culling mercilessly, fertilizing what you have, grazing crop residue and testing your feed can be found on their website.

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Maritime AgCast

Maritime producers will soon be able to catch local, regional and national guests discussing topics within the industry when the Agri-Commodity Management Association (ACMA) launches Maritime AgCast September 8, 2020!

Brad McCallum will be chatting with various guests regarding important livestock topics, as well as keeping you updated on current markets and upcoming industry events.

This podcast will air episodes bi-weekly, ranging in topic from disease management, forage and pasture management, vehicle compliance and many others!

Ensure you subscribe in advance to your favourite podcast platform such as Spotify, iTunes, Google and Anchor.

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Serious Animal Disease Emergencies Awareness Webinar

You are invited to a Serious Animal Disease Emergencies Awareness Webinar.

Please register in advance. You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting once registered.

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Finding his way: The struggles with building a farm

Aaron Beswick
July 16, 2020
The Chronicle Herald

SYLVESTER, N.S. — Derek Gladney was a half-million dollars in debt on Thursday and making hay.

“It don’t bother me any,” said the 29-year-old.

“As long as you’re making enough money to cover the bills, what’s the difference?”

He’s not really making enough raising cattle to pay the bills.

His day job as a carpenter pays his living expenses and subsidizes his farming habit.

Hand-wringing over food insecurity isn’t new.

Despite being a largely rural province, Nova Scotia imports about 96 per cent of the beef it consumes.

Fifty-six per cent of our farmers were over 55 in 2016 (latest available figure from Statistics Canada) and getting older.

When the province locked down in March, Nova Scotians learned the food they needed was largely in trucks many state, national and provincial borders away.

Next, we heard about outbreaks of COVID-19 shutting down (temporarily) the small handful of federally inspected abattoirs across Canada.

If a goal is to have more beef raised, killed and cut in Nova Scotia then a field in Sylvester, Pictou County, is a good place to start.

The full article can found on The Chronicle Herald website.

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Selection Process for New FCC Directors

In February 2016, the Prime Minister announced a new process for Governor in Council appointments. This new process is intended to be open, transparent, merit-based, and focused on identifying high-quality candidates who demonstrate Canada’s diversity. This process will be used to select new directors to serve on Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) Board of Directors.

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau recognizes the importance of having strong leaders on FCC’s Board of Directors, who will support her in fulfilling her mandate to help make Canada’s agricultural sector safer, stronger, and more innovative.

To ensure that FCC continues to effectively deliver on its mandate, the government are looking for candidates with the ability to provide the vision needed to attain that mandate and realize the organization’s strategic direction.

Interested individuals are invited to apply for these positions.

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Open Farm Day 2020

Registration is now open for the 20th annual Open Farm Day on September 20, 2020!

Due to public health recommendations and the ongoing risk of COVID-19, Open Farm Day will be a virtual only event this year!

Registration closes July 31, 2020.

To register please visit the NSFA Public Trust webpage.

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