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Equipment to Improve Animal Handling

Stream: Producer

Code:

AHEQ-PD-A

Who should apply?

Producers of all farmed animal species who are interested in improving animal handling on farm by implementing new practices and procedures.

Preference is currently given to projects that:

  • Support sheep, goat, veal, beef cattle, farmed cervids, fox, rabbit and mink
  • Are located in areas with limited access to veterinary services (e.g., Northern Ontario)

To apply you must have

  • An applicable Biosecurity Workshop or equivalent (e.g., commodity-specific National On-Farm Food Safety Assurance or Animal Care Program, based off national standards) and an operational, farm- wide or commodity-specific risk assessment against national biosecurity standards

OR

An operational or farm-wide assessment against national Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals, a national commodity-specific farm animal care program, or market-driven animal welfare program (e.g., North American Meat Institute Audit)

  • Assessment may be completed by the applicant or by a qualified third party, such as a licensed veterinarian or a certified animal welfare auditor
  • Minimum requirements for an assessment can be found at ontariosoilcrop.org
  • A site sketch for proposed structural modifications or new construction, if applicable

Eligible activities and expenditures

Operational improvements for the purpose of reducing threats to animal welfare, including, but not limited to:

  • Equipment necessary to:
    • Improve husbandry practices, such as castration, dehorning and euthanasia
    • Facilitate humane handling methods or treatment procedures, such as chutes, head gates, herding or catching equipment
  • In-kind labour and equipment costs of up to $2,000 in cost-share

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • All ineligible activities and expenditures as detailed here
  • Modifications as part of routine maintenance (e.g., replacing old surfaces with the same material)
  • Modifications not relevant to improving animal health and welfare
  • Technologies, equipment or devices that do not improve animal welfare (e.g., electric prods)
  • Lighting systems
  • Ongoing consumables (e.g., needles, analgesics, syringes, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, bedding materials, straw, shavings)

Available cost-share

35 per cent, up to a maximum of $25,000

Required documentation

  • Certificate of completion for an applicable Biosecurity Workshop or equivalent (e.g., commodity-specific National On-Farm Food Safety Assurance or Animal Care Program, based off national standards) and an operational or farm-wide or commodity-specific risk assessment against national biosecurity standards

OR

An operational or farm-wide assessment against national Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals, a national commodity farm animal care program, or a market-driven animal welfare program (e.g., North American Meat Institute Audit)

  • Site sketch for proposed structural modifications or new construction, if applicable

Merit assessment criteria

  • Identified level of risk, with priority given to high- moderate risk operations or proposals that will have greatest impact
  • Commodity-specific targeting, with a current focus on sheep, goat, veal, beef cattle, farmed cervids, fox, rabbit and mink. (This Project Category is applicable to all farmed animal species and the focus is subject to change.)
  • Size of operation, with priority given to operations with the largest number of animals within commodities
  • Geographic location, with priority given to operations located in areas with limited access to veterinary services (e.g., Northern Ontario)

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Edit date: August 29, 2018

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For assistance with the Online Program Guide, please contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre – Mon. to Fri., 8 am – 5 pm, 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca