Monthly Update

May 2024

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Jun. 5: Understanding Avian Influenza’s Impact on Cattle Health
  • Jun. 19-20: Farm Loan Board Information Sessions
  • Aug. 7: 10th Annual Forage Field Day
  • Sept. 15: Open Farm Day
  • Nov. 8-9: Maritime Beef Conference

Scroll down to Upcoming Events for more information on any of the above events!

The Nova Scotia Cattle Producers (NSCP) issue a monthly update to all members, occurring on the last Friday of each month. This is comprised of industry news and updates, upcoming events, upcoming sales and relevant articles.

If you have content to potentially be added, such as an upcoming cattle event, please contact the NSCP office at 902-893-7455 or

Industry News

Salmonella Dublin in Nova Scotia

Tips for Basic Cleaning & Disinfecting for Cattle Facilities

ABPI Grid Changes Effective June 3rd, 2024


Atlantic Beef Products Inc. (ABPI) is implementing a grid change to better reflect the demands of the market and end user customers. Household shopping trends have led to increased demand for AAA and higher grades and it has become the norm for most retail and foodservice promotions as well. This results in a price difference for what ABPI can achieve in selling AAA and higher versus AA and lower. Carcasses that grade A often have many cuts put into trim similar to cull cows because the demand is not strong enough for these cuts. ABPI has also seen a significant shift in the last few years between AAA cattle and higher, shipped to the plant, from the Maritimes (numbers have been declining) versus the national average (up significantly). Because of these factors, ABPI will be changing the grid that producers are paid on to better reflect the market and want to encourage producers to do their best to produce the type and quality of beef that the market is looking for. These changes (outlined below) will allow producers to make more money through increased premiums and the elimination of discounts for cattle that meet AAA or higher grades. 

Highlights of changes:

  • The base weight range upper limit will be expanded by 50lbs, up to 1,049lbs from 1,000lbs
  • The premiums paid for AAA, Blue Dot & Prime will increase by $0.02 per pound, to $0.04, $0.06 & $0.08. The weight range will go from 750 to 950lbs to 800 to 950lbs.
  • The target weight for VBP+ premiums will increase to include animals weighing over 800lbs and grading AAA or higher.
  • There will be a discount for AA cattle of $0.04 per pound.
  • The discount for A grade carcasses will increase from $0.10 to $0.20.

There will also be a change to the grid for OTM’s (animals over thirty months of age). The OTM discount will go from $0.20 to $0.23, or 3 cents a pound difference. ABPI has experienced significant disposal costs increases over the past number of years with freight, fuel surcharges and carbon taxes when dealing with SRM material. Regulations on PEI prohibit ABPI from disposing of SRM material so it has to be trucked to Quebec and incinerated.


If you have questions, please contact Bruce Andrews, VP of ABPI Operations, at 902-437-2727.

Climate Adaptation Leadership Program: Farm Highlight Opportunity

Are you using environmental practices on your farm?


Apply to have your farm highlighted by the Climate Adaptation Leadership Program team!


Approved producers could receive compensation up to $1,000!

If interested in being featured, please send an email of interest to, including a brief highlight of the environmental practice being used on your farm. 

Open Farm Day

On Sunday, September 15th, Atlantic Open Farm Day will be celebrated across all 4 Atlantic Provinces, and registration is now open for Nova Scotia farms! Farms can participate online and in-person again this year. We’re excited for new and returning farms to host in-person events, and we’re hoping to have lots of great new farmer-generated video content as well.


If you’re new to Open Farm Day, want to learn more, or want to chat with Meet Your Farmer about what an Open Farm Day might look like for you and your farm, reach out to April at 902-893-2293 or


To be eligible to participate we require that:

  • Your farm registration is current, you have adequate insurance coverage, and you are member of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.
  • An in-person event provides an educational experience to the public and follows all current public health guidelines and/or a virtual visit on your farm provides an educational experience to the public
  • You do not charge admission to visit your farm on Open Farm Day (p[aid activities are allowed)

Ready to get on board? Register here!

Cover Crop Selection Tool

Perennia Food and Agriculture has launched a NEW Cover Crop Selection Tool! This tool was designed to help producers make agronomic decisions on cover crops for their rotations or grazing plans based on region, field and condition goals. 

Cover crops nourish our soil and subsequent cash crops while providing benefits, including erosion control, reduced compaction and increased resilience in drought. We continue to learn more about cover crops and their unique traits, but with the many agronomic variables, it can take time to sort out the possibilities. 

This new online tool will help you learn about cover crops that are suitable for your region and provide detailed information on planting, termination, traits, advantages and disadvantages for different species.

Sign up for a free account to access this new tool and help make your cover crop selection process even easier!

Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency Scholarship

The Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency Scholarship application is now open for students attending post secondary in the fall.  

The scholarship is open not only to beef producers and those directly involved with their families, but it is open to students who can see unique ways to make an impact through marketing, research, public engagement, and other areas where check-off dollars are invested to generate value for the beef industry in Canada.

CLICK HERE to visit the scholarship webpage!

Deadline = June 30th, 2024.

Atlantic Veterinary College Survey

Thitiwich Changtes, a Ph.D. student at the Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI, is conducting a research study about “Understanding the dairy beef production system in Atlantic Canada.”


Participants will also be entered into a drawing to win one Apple iPad.


To consent to participate in the study, please CLICK HERE, and you will be contacted in regards to completing the survey.


Click here to view the letter of information for more details about the project.

VBP+ Calving Book/Pocket Book

Are you in need of calving books? Verified Beef Production Plus is offering cattle producers calving books/pocket books for FREE by completing this order form.

Click Here for More Information!

Forage U-Pick

Visit Forage U-Pick Here

Current Opportunities: Nova Scotia

Check out the list of current opportunities available online HERE!

Beef Cattle Research Council Webinars & Podcast

Upcoming webinars have been updated on the BCRC website HERE!

The BCRC launched a podcast! The Canadian Beef Cattle Podcast will feature the most popular content from in a new audio format. Each week you’ll hear valuable information on topics ranging from animal health and productivity to feed and forage management, and much more. Subscribe on your favourite podcast platform or find weekly episodes on BCRC's podcasts page.

Transportation Manifests

As a reminder, the NSCP Livestock Transportation Manifest can be printed from our website, or books of 50 triplicate copies can be picked up from our office for a fee of $10.00.

Upcoming Events

Register here!

Nova Scotia Cattle Producers - 2024 Gold Sponsor


NSCP Programs:

Funding towards sire purchases, genomic testing and carcass ultrasound.

Application deadline: June 30, 2024 & February 15, 2025

Funding towards the purchase of lime, and/or soil, manure or feed analysis.

Application deadline: June 30, 2024 & November 30, 2024

Nova Scotia SCAP Programs:

Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change Program

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

This program supports the Agricultural sector in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change, and helps primary producers accelerate the adoption of priority beneficial management practices. 


Limestone Trucking Assistance Program

Application Deadline: September 30, 2024

This program aims to help Nova Scotia farms defray the cost of trucking limestone to give equal opportunity in neutralizing the soil's acidity on agricultural land and improve production efficiencies.


On-Farm Electrical Preparedness Program

Application Deadline: July 31, 2024

This program helps farms buy a backup generator and battery storage to support business continuity and preparedness for adverse weather.


On-Farm Water Management Program

Application Deadline: May 31, 2024

This program will support primary producers to improve and adapt to impacts of climate change on water implications, including activities to conserve and enhance natural resources for water management. This program helps primary producers accelerate the adoption of priority beneficial management practices.


Planning New Opportunities Program

Application Deadline: September 30, 2024

This program helps farms and agri-businesses be more competitive, manage transition, develop risk management strategies and respond to change.


Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

This program helps improve the environmental resiliency of agricultural landscapes by accelerating the adoption of on-farm land use and management practices that maximize benefits for the environment and society.

Value-Adding Equipment Program

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

This program helps increase local food production, and improve food security and sustainability for farms and communities.

Wildlife Damage Mitigation Program

Application Deadline: August 31, 2024

This program helps farms protect crops and livestock from wildlife damage to improve industry competitiveness and resilience. 

For a complete listing of all Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture programs, please visit

Nova Scotia Cattle Producers - 2024 Silver Sponsors

Upcoming Sales

Atlantic Stockyards Limited

Feeder Sales (10AM):

  • June 20
  • July 18
  • August 15

Producers are encouraged to pre-register all feeder cattle as early as possible.

Atlantic Stockyards Limited (ASL) will be listing pre-registered cattle on their website.

Click Here to visit their website!

Links of Interest

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Maritime AgCast Podcast

Agri-Commodity Management Association (ACMA), hosts Maritime AgCast - an agricultural podcast based on discussions of important topics for livestock farmers with local, regional and national guests.

The podcast episodes will include topics about disease management, forage and pasture management, bull selection and much more!

 Click Here for more information!


Simply Verified Beef - The Podcast

The Verified Beef Production Plus podcast, Simply Verified Beef, focuses entirely on beef content.


Subscribe through your favourite podcast platforms, such as Spotify, iTunes or Google, or listen online at:

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