Producers can receive compensation for steps taken to prevent wildlife damage to feed supplies. Fencing for grain bag storage is not eligible. Funding can be acquired for:
- Fencing around feed yards
- Temporary fencing to protect feed sources
- Fencing to protect nurseries and market gardens
SCIC may recommend other measures to protect feed
supplies. Those could include:
- Lure crops
- Establishing waterfowl feeding stations
- Intercept feeding for forage
- Scare cannons
- To qualify, a producer must first contact a customer service office and explain the wildlife problem.
- An adjuster will visit the farm and make recommendations.
- If the adjuster recommends establishing a fence around a feed supply, the producer can receive funding to offset the material costs. This funding is based on the current claim and the potential for future damage. Labour costs are not eligible.
- The producer will have to meet the basic fence specifications. There are size/criteria required for each type of operation. Criteria are available from any SCIC office.
- The customer is responsible for the purchase of fencing supplies.
- Fence packages for nurseries and market gardens are unique and producers requiring such should contact a customer service office for more details.
- Verification that the producer has met the feed protection requirements will have to occur before payment is issued.
- If a customer refuses a fence as a recommended prevention method, they may be denied future compensation.
Alternative Feeding Systems
In these systems, the feed source is left in the field where managed livestock consume it as a fall/winter feed source. Provincial and federal governments recommend this practice because it offers environmental and financial benefits for producers.
Swath, bale and corn grazing used as part of a well-managed feeding system are eligible for compensation. Well-managed feeding systems are defined as follows:
- There must be fences in place to confine the livestock; the movement of livestock on the feed must be controlled.
- The feed must be suitable for livestock. It must be either baled feed, standing corn or a crop grown with the intention of swath grazing.
- There must be a plan in place to ensure livestock are making full use of feed and there is no excessive waste. The livestock also need to be rotated throughout the field, ensuring the nutrients are returned evenly to the land.
- The livestock must have access to water/snow and shelter/windbreaks.
To control and limit wildlife damage, producers must implement reasonable prevention measures. These include:
- Contacting SCIC as soon as damage occurs as well as prior to livestock consuming the feed so a yield assessment can be completed
- Monitoring wildlife numbers as claims are based on a combination of wildlife consumption data and crop yield assessments
In the case of alternative feeding systems, evidence is required to show the feed was intended for consumption by livestock. Contact SCIC as soon as you notice damage
so an actual yield appraisal may be obtained. SCIC will determine the actual yield in an undamaged area of the field. Subsequent visits may be required.