Livestock producers who suffered losses during spring snowstorms are encouraged to look into the PDAP

Keeping calves warm and dry was a major concern for producers during April’s spring snowstorms.


Extreme weather conditions in some areas over the past few weeks have brought much-needed moisture, but have also resulted in significant livestock losses.

In Saskatchewan, growers in the Maple Creek region got another hit of winter in early April, while over the past two weeks spring snowstorms have battered areas east of Saskatchewan. extreme southeast.

Ryder Lee, CEO of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, says the situation varies from farm to farm, but the past few weeks of heavy, wet snow and winds have made everything more difficult, especially for producers calving.

“People losing cattle ended up being pushed. I’ve heard of cattle in dugouts, people losing not only calves but also adult cows. So, you know, it’s serious when that happens. product and some tough numbers 10 – 15 – 20 It’s hard to calculate this for someone who may not be going through it, but it’s a big part of your income that you are planning.

Lee reminds producers who lost livestock in these storms to speak to their RMs and check the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program.

“Your RM plays a part in that as well. So, we’ve reached out about that. I hope people take a lot of pictures of what’s going on and can get into that process. We’re continuing to listen to them on What’s going on Is something missing Is something not working How can SCA step in and help ensure the gears are working as they are supposed to?

Growers in the Estevan region were relieved over the weekend when they missed a Colorado low that was expected to bring heavy rain to the area.

The Water Safety Agency had raised concerns about the potential for flooding, but as the area lacked rain it allowed for more natural snowmelt.

Livestock farmers who have lost animals in the storms and who are located in MRs that have been declared disaster areas have six months to submit a claim through the PDAP office.

Eligible producers can expect compensation similar to what they would receive under the Wildlife Damage Compensation and Livestock Certification program, which is offered by Saskatchewan Crop Insurance.

Growers looking for more information can contact PDAP at 1-866-632-4033.

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