There’s a new funding program for cattle producers who are purchasing certain kinds of equipment. To be eligible for the funding, a producer must participate in a two-hour Verified Beef Production workshop and they must have earned at least $2500 in cattle sales in the last tax year. Funding of 50 per cent of the cost of the equipment up to $750 per producer is available. Eligible equipment includes individual animal weigh scale components, software for record keeping, chutes and/or head gates with neck extenders or restraint add-ons. Also eligible – small scales for weighing medication and containers for used med bottles. There’s a list of approved manufacturers. The funding applies to equipment purchased new after April 1 of this year. So basically you can get half the cost up to $750 for eligible equipment purchases by attending a safety workshop and submitting an invoice to the Saskatchewan Verified Beef Production office. The workshops are available at no cost and cover simple, common sense management practices. A number of producers have completed the entire audit process to become verified under the program, but that isn’t required to receive this funding. For more information, check out www.qualitystartshere.sk.ca. I’m Kevin Hursh

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Kevin Hursh, PAg CAC