Financial Assistance

AgriRecovery - Forage Shortfall Assistance


The Forage Shortfall Component of the 2014 Canada-Manitoba Forage Shortfall and Transportation Assistance Initiative helps livestock producers, who:

  • live in the Lake Manitoba, Lake Winnipegosis and Lake St. Martin areas
  • experienced a forage shortage caused by elevated water levels in 2014, and
  • bought forage needed to maintain their breeding herds over the 2014/2015 winter feeding season 


Eligible participants:
  • must be 18 years of age or older at the time they apply
  • may apply as individuals; partnerships; corporations; cooperatives; communes; or First Nations
    must own, or lease, forage acres (normally used to produce feed for their breeding herds) that were affected by high water levels in the Lake Manitoba, Lake Winnipegosis and Lake St. Martin areas
  • must own or lease eligible animals, be responsible for their feeding at the time of application, and continue to own or lease these animals until March 31, 2015
  • must undergo need-based forage assessments by MAFRD employees, confirming forage shortfalls 
  • must have a valid MAFRD Premises ID number or be in the process of getting one
NOTE:  Research stations and government agencies are not eligible for this program.
Assistance is available for purchases of eligible feed made between August 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. Following are some criteria for this assistance:
Payment rates are limited to:
  • $50 per tonne of forage purchased
  • 50 per cent of purchase price per unit of other eligible feed types purchased

Total program assistance is limited to the lesser of:

  • the shortfall in tonnes multiplied by the payment rate, to a maximum of $50 per tonne
  • the tonnes of feed actually purchased to sustain breeding herds, supported by receipts

Producers should contact the list of select MAFRD GO Offices for help in filling out the application.

Once the application is complete, applicants must make an appointment to have shortfall calculations.

All Applications must be accompanied by receipts or relevant documentation and must be signed by an authorized MAFRD Representative confirming that the application is complete and meets the program eligibility requirements.

Application Form (PDF 176 KB)

Terms and Conditions (PDF 32 KB)


Completed and signed applications must be received by March 31, 2015.

If submitted by mail, the postmark must be no later than March 31, 2015.


For more information and assistance with applying to program, contact these MAFRD GO Offices:

Arborg:   204-376-3300

Ashern:   204-768-2782

Dauphin:  204-622-2006 

Gladstone: 204-385-6633

Portage la Prairie: 204-239-3352

Ste. Rose:  204-447-4032

Teulon:   204-886-2696


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