Beef Project 2017 / 2018

The objectives of the Beef Project are

  • to encourage cooperation and collaboration between sectors of the beef value production chain
  • to improve economic competitiveness and farm profitability by developing innovative branding solutions for market growth

This project has two components:

  1. Genetic Innovations
    The Livestock Development program supports innovations in the use of genetics to produce seedstock, feeder calves and finished cattle for branding initiatives. For seedstock producers there are a number of genetic evaluation tools available which provide estimates of production traits from DNA analysis. Producers can use these tools to improve the genetic base of their herd and improve the market competitiveness of genetically improved animals. In addition, direct determination of residual feed intake (RFI) or true feed efficiency is now available at the Maritime Beef Testing facility at Nappan. With increasing feed costs, feed efficient animals will be key drivers of profitability.
  2. Feed Efficiency
    Cost effective feeding strategies are important attributes of sustainable beef production. Branding programs require that animals under thirty months of age be adequately finished and meet the required grade and carcass weight. Feeding a balanced ration at each stage in the production cycle is important for healthy, efficient production.  Efficient handling (race/pen/chute) and weighing systems allow safe animal handling to collect production and traceability data.

Who is eligible for funding assistance?

Beef producers in good standing with the PEI Cattle Producers Inc. who have:

  •     Currently registered with the PEICP
  •     Attended a Verified Beef Production (VBP) course
  •     A valid Premise ID

What activities will be funded?

A. Genetic Innovations

  •     Seedstock production and evaluation
    • Growth traits - feed efficiency, growth rate, fat deposition, muscling
    • Innovative genetic pre-disposition for brand carcass traits - marbling, ribeye size, tenderness, breeding soundness exams
  • Brand feeder production
    • Use of improved genetics and management protocols for feeder calf production.

B. Feed Efficiency

  • Source and Age Verification protocols
  • Feeding enhanced levels of vitamin E to meet brand specifications
  • Trace mineral supplement bolus
  • Livestock scales and handling systems

What expenses are not eligible for funding assistance?

  • Farm labour
  • Activities, (purchases) prior to April 1, 2017 for all sub-programs except premium sires  

What funding assistance is available?

A. Genetic Innovations

  • Seed stock evaluation- bulls:
    • Consignors of test station bulls will be eligible for $600 for each animal to encourage evaluation of seedstock for residual feed intake (RFI), genetic evaluation for production and carcass traits, genetic potential using DNA evaluation, ultrasound testing for muscling, marbling, tenderness and fat cover and full breeding soundness exams.
    • Bulls and heifers on home test will be eligible for a $50 incentive to identify genetic potential using DNA evaluation or ultrasound and an extra $100 for full bull breeding soundness exams which includes semen testing.
    • Mature bulls will be eligible for a $100 incentive for a full breeding soundness exam.
  • Replacement Heifers:
    • Purebred heifers (replacement or purchase) will be eligible for an incentive of:
      • $200 for a heifer confirmed pregnant to calve in the 2017/18 fiscal year, registered in the name of the applicant and have at least three production or carcass EPD’s above breed average.
      • Heifers with above average genetic evaluation scores for marbling or ribeye size or tenderness will be eligible for an extra $50 incentive.
      • Heifer is eligible for the incentive once only in its lifetime.
      • Producers are encouraged to use weaning weight data as initial selection criteria, but other traits such as conformation, pedigree, disposition should play a key role in the final selection.
      • Applicants are responsible for all veterinary fees associated with confirming the pregnancy status of the replacement heifers.
      • Dairy or dairy type heifers are not eligible under this incentive.
      • The maximum number of heifers eligible will be five or 10% of the number of mature females in the existing herd whichever is greater.  Additional heifers could be eligible but may be prorated based on funding availability.
    • Premium Sires
      • Purchased purebred bulls will be eligible for an incentive of:
        • $200 for bulls that are physically and structurally sound for breeding (vet checked), have an adjusted yearling weight of 950 lbs and registered (proof of ownership/purchase) in the name of the applicant. Bulls must gace at least three production or carcass EPD's above breed average. Bulls of smaller specialty breeds will be considered on a case by case basis.
        • Evaluated bulls with above average DNA evaluation for marbling or ribeye size or tenderness will be eligible for an extra $100
        • Bulls that have completed an ultrasound test where the percentage intramuscular fat is greater than 3.5% or have a minimum ribeye area of 1.0 square inch per 100 pounds of body weight will be eligible for an extra $ 150
        • Evaluated bulls with a negative RFI (higher efficiency) would be eligible for an extra $200 incentive.
        • A bull is eligible for the incentive once only in its lifetime and must not have been purchased before April 1, 2013. Maximum assistance will be $650
      • Purchased F1 Hybrid bulls will be eligible for an incentive of:
        • $150 for bulls that are physically and structurally sound (vet checked), have an adjusted yearling weight of 950 lbs.
        • Evaluated bulls with at least average DNA evaluation scores for marbling or ribeye size or tenderness will be eligible for an extra $100
        • Bulls that have completed an ultrasound test where the percentage intramuscular fat is greater than 3.5% or have a minimum ribeye area of 1.0 square inch per 100 pounds of body weight will be eligible for an extra $ 150
        • Evaluated bulls with a negative RFI (higher efficiency) would be eligible for an extra $200 incentive.
        • A bull is eligible for the incentive once only in its lifetime and must not have been purchased before April 1, 2013.
        • Maximum assistance will be $550.

The PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries assumes no responsibility for the performance of bulls or replacement heifers retained or purchased under this initiative.

 

B. Feed Efficiency

  • Incentive of $50/herd for documented (birth certificates) source and Age-Verification
  • Vitamin E assistance of $8/hd for each finished animal which qualifies for PEI branding incentives (payable once per year).
  • Funding $10/double bolus mineral and /or 75% of cost of injectable trace mineral
  • Funding 50% of livestock scales and to a maximum of $2500
  • Funding 50% of livestock handling systems to a maximum of $3500

How do I apply?

Complete components of the Beef Project application form which apply to your farm.

Are there deadlines?

  • Applications under the Seed Stock Testing, Premium Sires and Feed Efficiency components will be reviewed on an as received basis
  • Vitamin E incentives will be paid once per year based on carcass numbers provided by Atlantic Beef Products. 

Additional Information

For more information on VBP training, Age-Verification and Premise ID please contact the Prince Edward Island Cattle Producers at (902) 368-2229 

Proof of payment options

  • Cancelled cheque
  • Credit card payment receipt
  • Account Statement from supplier showing supplies paid in full

Forward completed applications to:

Prince Edward Island Cattle Producers
420 University Ave.
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 7Z5

This project was developed in consultation with the PEI Cattle Producers.

Published date: 
June 5, 2017
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