Although little publicized, horses do qualify for payments from the Alberta Farm Recover Plan II Funding. To be eligible for an AFRP II payment, you must have been actively raising horses in Alberta in 2006 and 2007, and had production in 2006.

The first payment will be dispersed immediately and is based on the producer’s 2006 livestock information. Deadline for applications for this first payment is December 31, 2008. The second payment will be issued commencing January 2009, only after producer compliance with the premises identification objectives of The Alberta Livestock and Meat Strategy. The pay-out amount for horses is $23.928/head. Call 1-800-396-0215, or visit the AFSC web site at for further information and application forms. You’ll find the AFRP II link under the Risk Management menu.