Manitoba offering water access support for eligible livestock farms

Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler is reminding livestock producers there is water access and management support through Ag Action Manitoba.

“We recognize that many producers are feeling the effects of our dry summer and that they may require additional assistance to secure a safe and reliable water supply for their livestock,” says Eichler. “Properly functioning and adequately protected ground and surface water sources are essential to ensuring the health of livestock and ground water sources.”

According to the news release, money is being provided through the ‘Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas’ beneficial management practice (BMP) under Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance.  Eligible projects and related costs include:

  • Drilling new or deepening existing wells, test hole drilling, screening, casing, well caps and related activities;
  • Installing water pumps and required plumbing components and related activities, such as professional and contractor fees;
  • Constructing new or rehabilitating existing dugouts including professional and contractor fees; and,
  • Establishing alternative watering system equipment, and permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts.

Producers interested in applying must complete an environmental farm plan (EFP), to help manage risks related to water quality and supply, soil health, air quality and biodiversity. Applicants have until November 1st of next year to submit their EFP statement of completion.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis until October 11, 2019.  Priority will be given to applicants within federal tax deferral areas, as identified at AAFC under Drought Watch.

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