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Equipment to Improve Animal Handling

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Stream: Processor

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AHEQ-PR-A

For projects focused on improving animal welfare in a measurable or proven way.

Who should apply?

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

Preference is currently given to projects that:

  • Support sheep, goat, veal, beef cattle and farmed cervids
  • 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 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)
    • All 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 and an assessment template can be found at ontariosoilcrop.org
  • A site sketch for proposed structural modifications or new construction that meets regulatory requirements, 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:
    • Facilitate humane handling methods, such as slaughter restraint
    • Improve control of environmental conditions, such as fans and heaters, in live animal receiving and lairage
    • Improve slaughter or euthanasia equipment, such as captive bolts, electrical stunning systems, or modified atmosphere systems (e.g. CO2 stunning)
  • 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

  • Projects that support animals of non-agricultural significance
  • 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., bedding materials, straw, shaving)
  • Travel and meal costs
  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here

Available cost-share

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

Required documentation

  • 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)
  • Site sketch for proposed structural modifications or new construction that meets regulatory requirements, 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 and farmed cervids. (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: November 8, 2019

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