Ontario Cattle Check-off Increases to $4/head as of November 1, 2014


The Beef Farmers of Ontario are reminding cattle producers that, effective November 1, 2014, the check-off fee will be increased from $3 per head to $4 per head.

Three of the four dollars collected will remain with the Beef Farmers of Ontario; the last dollar will be forwarded to the national agency to continue to fund marketing and research, BFO says.

The increase in the check-off was supported by the membership, BFO says.

Current check-off dollars have been used to:

  • Establish and maintain the Risk Management Program as a valuable business tool for beef farming families.
  • Investigate and developing a long-term strategy to expand the cow herd in Ontario (Click here for a story on expansion into the Great Clay Belt)
  • Develop a Make It Ontario Beef brand to support local farmers and promote locally grown beef.
  • Provide timely market information and statistical data to help farmers make informed business decisions.
  • Provide financial support to important organizations such as the Ontario Corn Fed Beef program, 4-H Ontario, Ontario Association of Food Banks, and Farm and Food Care.
  • Establish the BUILD Leadership Development program to invest in future industry leaders.
  • Develop an Ontario Livestock Shipping Manifest with industry to provide farmers with a traceability solution and an important business tool.

Updated check-off forms will be available on November 1, 2014.

For a full list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the check-off, click here.

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