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Equipment to Improve Animal Handling

Stream: Processor

Code:

AHEQ-PR-A

Who should apply?

Abattoirs that are interested in improving animal housing throughout an operation with new construction, modifications to existing structures, or implementing new technologies.

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)
  • Support provincially licensed abattoirs

To apply you must

  • Have an operation-wide or commodity-specific risk assessment against national biosecurity standards
    • Assessments may be completed by the applicant or by a qualified third party, such as licensed veterinarian or certified animal welfare auditor
    • Minimum requirements for an assessment can be found at ontariosoilcrop.org
  • Completed an operational biosecurity plan reviewed by a qualified third party, such as a licensed veterinarian
  • Have a site sketch for proposed structural modifications or new construction, if applicable

OR

  • Have an operation-wide assessment against national Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals, or market-driven animal welfare program (e.g., North American Meat Institute Audit)
    • Assessments may be completed by the applicant or by a qualified third party, such as a licensed veterinarian or certified animal welfare auditor
    • Minimum requirements for an assessment can be found at ontariosoilcrop.org
  • Have 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
    • Improve control of environmental conditions and air quality, such as chutes, head gates, herding or catching equipment, and ventilation systems (e.g., fans)
  • In-kind labour and equipment costs of up to $2,000 in cost-share
  • One-time labour costs specifically required for the project, such as contract salaries, benefits and specific per diem fees (excluding existing full- or part-time staff)
  • One-time costs for rental of facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Travel and meal costs
  • 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, shaving)
  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here

Available cost-share

35 per cent, up to a maximum of $50,000

Required documentation

  • Operation-wide or commodity-specific risk assessment against national biosecurity standards, and
  • Operational biosecurity plan that has been reviewed by a qualified third party, such as a licensed veterinarian

OR

  • Operation-wide assessment against national Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals or a market-driven ·        animal welfare program (e.g., North American Meat Institute Audit)
  • In addition, the following is required:
  • Site sketch for proposed structural modifications or new construction, if applicable
  • Quote or proposal to support costs

Merit assessment criteria

  • Identified level of risk, with priority given to high- moderate risk operations or proposals that will have the greatest impact
  • Commodity-specific targeting, with 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 largest number of animals within commodities
  • Priority will be given to provincially licensed abattoirs
  • Geographic location, with priority given to operations located in remote areas with limited access to veterinary services (e.g., Northern Ontario)

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Edit date: September 12, 2018

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Need Help?

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