Government of New Brunswick


The objective of this program is to grow, renew and improve the New Brunswick beef cow herd.


All beef farms are eligible for financial incentives provided that they meet the following conditions:

• Premises on which the farming activities occur must be located in New Brunswick.
• An individual representing the applicant farm operation must have attained the legal age of 19 in the province of New Brunswick.
• Applicants must be compliant with the Livestock Operations Act or have a license application or renewal in process. In the case of license application or renewal, the Registrar under the Livestock Operations Act should be consulted to ensure that no major limitations to the issuance of a license exist.
• No current or former public office holder, public servant, Member of the Legislative Assembly or Member of the House of Commons who is not in compliance with applicable conflict of interest guidelines and legislation shall derive any benefit from this program.
• Applicants must be members in good standing with the New Brunswick Cattle Producers. The annual producer registration form must be submitted.
• Retained Bred Heifers must be kept for a minimum of 1 year unless culled for health or production reasons

Eligibility Criteria:

• All bred heifers must be confirmed pregnant by a veterinarian or presented for veterinarian confirmation as a first -calf heifer with her calf. February 26th, 2023 is the deadline for pregnancy checks and claims.
• CCIA eartag numbers will be required
• Eligible bred heifer numbers will be based on current mature cow numbers on the farm. Only heifers above 5% of cow numbers are eligible for payment and the maximum number of eligible heifers per farm is 10
• All farms must have proper handling facilities in order for veterinarian to check pregnancy status of heifers safely
• Dairy animals or dairy type animals are not eligible


Basic Herd Growth

Applicants will be eligible for financial assistance of $300 per retained bred heifer above a 5% replacement rate. Eligible numbers of heifers will be determined based on current mature cow numbers, defined as cows that have already had at least one calf. Eligible heifers will be those heifers above 5% of mature cow numbers. All retained heifers must be confirmed pregnant by a veterinarian or presented for veterinarian confirmation as a first-calf heifer with her calf. Pregnancy checks must be done before February 26th, 2023

Premiums for Genomic Testing

A premium payment of $100 is available for claimed bred heifers that have genomic test results provided with claim. Producers are encouraged to test heifer calves prior to breeding and to use test results to select herd replacements.

The maximum assistance will be $3,000 per farm. (including premiums)

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until funding is exhausted.

Deadline for applications is December 31, 2022.

Deadline for claims is February 28th, 2023

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