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Storm-related assistance for livestock producers announced

Many ranching communities in southern Saskatchewan have reported losses of livestock during this crucial calving season.
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Winter conditions continued well into spring, with the last spring storm in mid April.

In parts of southern Saskatchewan, livestock producers faced challenges due to severe spring storms that won't soon be forgotten. On April 28th, the provincial government announced that additional funding would be made available to affected producers under the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP)..

PDAP assists producers in impacted areas that have sustained substantial losses or damage to uninsurable property as a result of natural disasters, such as the recent powerful blizzards in southern Saskatchewan.

Many ranching communities in southern Saskatchewan have reported losses of livestock during this crucial calving season. Recent spring storms have left some cows with frozen calves, or stepped on during high winds, heavy snowfall, and freezing temperatures.

 Some producers have stated that this has been the most challenging calving season they have experienced in recent decades due to the prolonged wintery conditions that have continued well into the spring.

"We recognize the recent spring blizzards have taken a toll on producers at a critical time," Corrections, Policing, and Public Safety Minister Christine Tell said in Thursday's release. "PDAP is available to provide timely financial support to producers who have lost livestock." 

In cases where local authorities have determined that a producer qualifies for assistance, they may file a claim for livestock losses, provided there is no existing insurance coverage for the animals. A livestock loss will be compensated using the current rates from the Wildlife Damage Compensation and Livestock Predation Program of the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation.

In the aftermath of a severe weather event, local authorities, such as municipalities, must request designation through the PDAP office to begin providing aid to farmers and ranchers. Livestock producers are encouraged to take photos or videos and document their losses as soon as these extreme weather events occur.

For more information, producers can head to the PDAP website or call 1-866-632-4033.