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Construction, Modification, or New Technologies to Improve Animal Housing

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Stream: Other Business

Code:

AHIM-OA-G

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

For projects focused on reducing biosecurity risks into, within, and out of high-risk areas of the operation, in a measurable or proven way (ventilation system only).

Who should apply?

Commingling facilities, including assembly yards, sales barns, auction markets, fairs and exhibitions, trucking rest stations, transporters and veterinary clinics, that are interested in improving animal housing throughout an operation with new construction, modifications to existing structures, or implementing new technologies.

OR

Commingling facilities, including assembly yards, sales barns, auction markets, fairs and exhibitions, trucking rest stations, transporters and veterinary clinics, that are interested in preventing the introduction and spread of disease throughout an operation through the implementation a ventilation (roof venting) system.

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)

To apply you must have

  • An operational assessment against biosecurity practices and principles, such as the Biosecurity checklist for Other Agri-Businesses, adapted from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s “Assess the Risks on Your Farm-Biosecurity Checklist”
    • 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 can be found at ontariosoilcrop.org
  • An operational biosecurity plan reviewed by a qualified third party, such as a licensed veterinarian
  • A site sketch for proposed structural modifications or new construction, if applicable

OR

  • An operational assessment against the Animal Welfare Checklist for Other Agri-Businesses, developed in alignment with the national Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals
    • 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 can be found at www.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:

  • New construction, modifications to existing structures, or implementation of new technologies to meet national biosecurity standards, 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), such as:
    • Feeding and watering systems
    • New bedding or litter systems
    • Systems to improve animal movements (e.g., modular loading, chutes, head gates)
    • Enrichment systems
    • Group housing systems
    • Ventilation (roof venting) systems *also eligible as an operational improvement to prevent the introduction and spread of disease when supported by a biosecurity assessment
    • Grooving or flooring
  • 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
  • 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
  • Travel and meal costs
  • Ongoing consumables (e.g., needles, analgesics, syringes, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, bedding materials, straw, shavings)

Available cost-share

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

Required documentation

  • Operational assessment against biosecurity practices and principles, such as the Biosecurity Checklist for Other Agri-Businesses, adapted from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s “Assess the Risks on Your Farm-Biosecurity Checklist” and
  • Operational biosecurity plan that has been reviewed by a qualified third party, such as a licensed veterinarian

OR

  • Operational assessment against the Animal Welfare Checklist for Other Agri-Businesses, developed in alignment with the national Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals

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 a 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
  • Geographic location, with priority given to operations located in areas with limited access to veterinary services (e.g., Northern Ontario)

What's Next?

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Is this project for you? Find out if you meet the program requirements
Program Requirements

 

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For more information on upcoming application intakes, visit omafra.gov.on.ca





Edit date: November 27, 2019

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