Ranchland plans deadstock program

By Sheena Read
Source: Nanton News

The Municipal District (MD) of Ranchland is planning a deadstock removal program to try to reduce predation issues.

At the Jan. 11 meeting of the Ranchland ag service board, ag fieldman Carla Bick reported that she has spoken to West Coast Reductions about the absence of service to the Ranchland area. The representative she spoke to was unaware that the company didn't go into the area, but told Bick he would be interested in doing so.

Producers who have deadstock to be removed can call the Calgary office rather than the Lethbridge office, and a truck will come out, at a rate of nine cents a pound or a $75 minimum fee.

Bick suggested that an incentive program could be established to get producers to have the deadstock removed.

"My recommendation or question for council is do we want to subsidize that? Do we want the producer to bring in the bill? Would that be incentive to get the ball rolling to reduce the attractant issues?" Bick asked.

"The real question that we're trying to answer is will there be any producer uptake on it," said Coun. Ron Davis.

"People said they'd use it if they had it," said Coun. Cam Gardner.

Bick reported that much of the cost of the program would be covered by grants from Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD).

"You could look at a 100 per cent reimbursement, then it might turn up down the line as a reduction in wolf issues," said board member Tony Webster.

Bick suggested that the board could start with a 100 per cent reimbursement to a maximum of $10,000 for the area producers.

The board discussed that producers could bring their receipts from West Coast Reductions in to the Ranchland administrative office for reimbursement.

If there was a large response to the program, and the allotted $10,000 was used, then the board would revisit the issue and the amount.

"If you get that close, then you trigger a meeting," said Davis, although he didn't think it would be an issue of hitting the limits.

The program would only apply to producers within the boundaries of the MD, and would be available to residents and ratepayers if the animal died within the boundaries of the MD. The program would be annually reviewed, and would be subject to available funding.

The board passed a motion making the $10,000 limit to the program and payable to producers with receipts.


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