PEI Dairy Beef Cross Calf Pilot Project
The Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Land (DAL) has established the PEI Dairy Beef Cross Calf Pilot Project (DBCCP) to collect PEI-specific data concerning raising dairy beef cross calves. Data and information collected by the Project will be reviewed in order to better understand the requirements of raising dairy beef cross calves (e.g., cost, feed requirements, etc.) as well as whether raising dairy beef cross calves would increase the amount of local animals available to the beef processing sector. Information and data collected by the Project will provide livestock producers with evidence to make informed decisions with respect to entering the beef livestock market.
Who is eligible for funding?
- Mi’kmaq First Nations and other Indigenous Organizations who are dairy farmers; and
- Dairy producers in PEI.
What are the project requirements?
- Only dairy producers are eligible register calves in the DBCC Pilot Project. Calves may be raised in a facility separate from the dairy operation (e.g., nurseries, etc.);
- All calves registered in the Project must have CFIA-recognized tags;
- Participants in the DBCC Pilot Project will be required to:
- Submit a CCIA Third Party User authorization form to allow the PEI Cattle Producers to verify the age and farm of origin for the dairy beef cross calf;
- Provide the initial health information of the calf;
- Collect and provide specified data regarding dairy/beef cross-calves registered in the project from birth until they reach 400lbs; and Participate in on-site audits conducted by the Department of Agriculture and Land.
Where can I find more information?
For more information, contact:
PEI Dairy Beef Cross Calf Project
PEI Department of Agriculture and Land
11 Kent Street
PO Box 2000