Monthly Update

November 2023

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • November 29: Maritime Beef Testing Station Annual Meeting (Zoom)
  • November 30: NS Genetic Improvement & NS Soil, Pasture & Forage Management application deadlines
  • December 7: Forage Production & Changing Weather Patterns Workshop (Whycocomagh)
  • January 8-10: NSCP Zone Meetings

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

Producer of the Year Nominations

The Nova Scotia Cattle Producers Board is happy to announce that they have partnered with The Kings Mutual Insurance Company to establish the “Kings Mutual Cattle Producer of the Year” award. The objective of the award is to annually recognize a Nova Scotia beef producer or dealer for the outstanding contributions they make to the provincial cattle industry. The award recipient will be selected by a committee based on the following criteria:

  • Nominee must be in good standing with the NSCP
  • Nominator must be in good standing with the NSCP
  • Details of why the nominee should receive the award
  • Details of innovative or special farm practices
  • Details of environmental stewardship practices
  • Promotion of industry development
  • Farm appearance

Completed nomination forms are due to the NSCP office by January 31, 2024 and the winner will be announced at the Annual General Meeting (in March). The winner will be presented with a plaque as well as a NSCP jacket and hat.

Producer of the Year Nomination Form

Beef Cattle Research Council: 2023 Canadian Cow-Calf Survey

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is asking all Canadian cow-calf producers to share insight into their on-farm management and production practices, which will help inform future beef research and extension strategies. 

The 2023 Canadian Cow-Calf Survey is an online questionnaire set up to collect data to help understand longer-term trends in production methods and efficiencies. Collecting credible information directly from beef cattle producers helps the BCRC identify research priorities and information gaps, develop provincial benchmarks and examine changes over time that impact farms and ranches. 

The first 200 producers to answer all the survey questions are eligible to receive a BCRC toque and a pair of cotton gloves.  

BCRC Survey Link

Canadian Forage and Grassland Association & Farmers for Climate Solutions Survey

Dalhousie University, Farmers for Climate Solutions and the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association are jointly running an anonymous national survey focused on pasture-based animal husbandry practices. It only takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Your insights will help shape programs for producers across the country! 

Survey Link

Forage U-Pick

Visit Forage U-Pick Here

Agricultural Methane Reduction Challenge 

Do you have a solution to reduce methane emissions from cattle? Do not miss this opportunity to accelerate and grow your solution in Canada. Apply with your concept by February 7, 2024! You could win up to $1.0M!

For more information about the Agricultural Methane Reduction Challenge and to apply, click HERE.

Grain Testing Advised

The NSCP are advising producers that if you are buying/have bought grain privately to ensure you get this tested for mycotoxins. For additional information on testing, please contact Perennia at 902-896-0277.

Perennia’s Hayline

Perennia is pleased to offer a hay and silage listing service to connect Nova Scotia farmers looking to sell excess hay or silage with those needing additional inventory.


Sellers can submit an online form to be added to the listing. Buyers can view the online listing on the website to find information about available hay and silage for sale that meets their needs.


Please visit the website to submit your form, view the listing and for additional information!


Current Opportunities: Nova Scotia

Check out the list of current opportunities available online HERE!

Beef Cattle Research Council Webinars

Upcoming webinars have been updated on the BCRC website HERE!

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.

VBP+ On-Demand Training Module

Nova Scotia Cattle Producers - 2023 Presenting Partners

Upcoming Events

Maritime Beef Test Station Annual Meeting

Forage Production and Changing Weather Patterns

Nova Scotia Cattle Producers - 2023 Gold Sponsor


NSCP Programs:

Funding towards sire purchases, genomic testing and carcass ultrasound.

The next application deadline is November 30th, 2023.

Additional funding has been received for Elite Sire Purchases! Funding will still be available at 30% of the purchase price but now to a maximum of $1,300 and the $100 bonus for proof of negative RFI will remain with an overall program maximum of $5,000. This funding will be available through the end of the 2024 program year. Applications received by the June 30, 2023, deadline will be reevaluated at the new limits and additional payments will be automatically issued. 

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

The next application deadline is November 30th, 2023.

Planning New Opportunities Program

Application Deadline: December 31, 2023

The Planning New Opportunities Program helps farms and agri-businesses be more competitive, manage a transition, develop risk management strategies and respond to change. Click HERE for more information.

On-Farm Industry Preparedness Program

Application deadline: December 31, 2023

The On-farm Industry Preparedness Program supports primary producers with water management activities, creating greater resilience against ongoing climate events.  Click HERE for more information.

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

Nova Scotia Cattle Producers - 2023 Silver

Upcoming Sales

Atlantic Stockyards Limited

Feeder Sales (10AM):

  • December 5

Click Here to visit their website!

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

Check This Out!

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.


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