Alberta cattle producers who temporarily move animals to pastures in Saskatchewan or British Columbia this spring or summer won’t need to pay inspection fees on the way out.
The provincial agriculture and rural development department (AARD) said Feb. 17 it will provide a $25,000 grant this year to Livestock Identification Services (LIS) to cover the costs of outbound inspection of Alberta cattle.
Traditionally, about 25,000 head of cattle move between the provinces for seasonal grazing. Alberta animals’ owners are usually on the hook for LIS inspection fees of $1 per head, and for any inspection fees charged by the province of choice when the cattle return to Alberta.
The grant is expected to cover inspection by LIS for cattle that temporarily move into Saskatchewan or B. C. for the 2010 grazing season, starting in April.
According to Cliff Munroe, director of AARD’s regulatory services division in Edmonton, it’s not yet confirmed whether the province plans to provide a similar grant in 2011 or later years.
About 75 to 100 Alberta producers move their cattle west or east during the grazing season, mostly east to Saskatchewan, where they own or lease grazing land when conditions at home require it, Munroe estimated.
Alberta producers will still have to pay any inbound inspection fee from the province of choice when they bring their cattle home.