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New Funding Boosts Predator Defense for Manitoba Farms

 By: Farms.com 

The Canadian and Manitoba governments have announced a significant investment in Manitoba's Livestock Predation Prevention Program. This collaboration aims to fortify farms against wildlife threats by funding proactive measures that deter predator attacks on livestock.  

The program is part of the broader Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, under which both governments will provide $500,000 to support Manitoba farmers. 

Agricultural and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay, together with Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn, stated that this initiative is vital for reducing the economic burden on farmers caused by wildlife predation.  

This funding will allow for the purchase of essential equipment and the construction of predator-resistant fencing, ensuring that farmers can continue their operations without the looming threat of predator attacks. 

The program offers two funding streams. One stream allows for the purchase of predation prevention equipment and guardian dogs, while the other supports the construction of specialized fencing to protect calving and lambing areas, pastures, and other sensitive sites.  

Eligible livestock producers, particularly those with previous predation claims, can receive up to 75% cost coverage for protective measures, with a cap of $5,000 for equipment and dogs, and $10,000 for fencing. 

The Manitoba Economic Development, Investment, Trade and Natural Resources department is increasing its funding for the Manitoba Targeted Predator Removal Program by $90,000, reaching $150,000. This increase will enhance the program's capacity to address livestock predation effectively. 

Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) and the Manitoba Sheep Association (MSA) have played significant roles in developing and piloting these predator management strategies. Their efforts, along with governmental support, underscore a commitment to sustainable agriculture and livestock safety. 

For more information or to apply for the Livestock Predation Prevention Program, visit www.manitoba.ca/scap/resiliency/livestock.html. This program not only supports farmers' immediate needs but also contributes to the long-term sustainability and safety of agriculture in Manitoba. 


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