Is New Brunswick Cattle Producers (NBCP) part of the government?

No. The NBCP is a registered not-for- profit, regulated under the Natural Products Act through the New
Brunswick Farm Products Council to act as a regulatory body. The association operates independent of
government, allowing the NBCP to advocate to government on behalf of its members. The operational
structure of the organization is like other provincial associations such as pork, egg, dairy and chicken
producers. The NBCP is an agent for the collection of federal beef levies on behalf of the National Check
Off Agency, and represents the interests of the NBCP on the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Board of
Directors.

What is New Brunswick Cattle Producers (NBCP)?

The NBCP is a producer-led organization representing all beef producers in New Brunswick. The NBCP
operates independent of government, allowing it to advocate to government on behalf of its members.
The operational structure of the organization is like any other provincial associations such as pork, egg,
dairy and chicken producers. The NBCP is an agent for the collection of federal beef levies on behalf of
the National Check Off Agency, and represents the interests of beef producers in New Brunswick on the
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors.
The NBCP board is comprised of elected directors from 8 regions across New Brunswick and 1 dairy
sector representative who is selected from the Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick board to represent
dairy sector interests.

What does the New Brunswick Cattle Producers (NBCP) do with the checkoff levy?
The checkoff levy has two distinct components: a national component and a provincial component. Each
has its own set of criteria for use. The federal portion of the levy is remitted to the National Checkoff
Agency and subsequently allocated to Canada Beef Inc, https://canadabeef.ca/ or the Beef Cattle
Research Council, http://www.beefresearch.ca. The provincial component covers general operating
budgets, local research and beef industry promotions, support for the Maritime Beef Council and to pay
membership dues to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

What is the Producer Registration?
The Producer Registration is an annual process that allows the NBCP to maintain a producer-member
communications list. The list is used for program funding approvals, voting privileges at regional
meetings and ongoing communication with New Brunswick beef producers.

Who has to pay the checkoff levy?
Everyone who markets a beef animal in New Brunswick is responsible to pay the checkoff levy. The only
exemption is for licensed livestock dealers who purchase and market the same animal within 7 days. In
those cases, the purchaser collects the checkoff levy and remits it on behalf of the seller to the New
Brunswick Cattle Producers.

Can producers remit the checkoff levy themselves if they sell to another producer?

Yes. Mechanisms are currently in place to allow purchasers of livestock to remit all levies due from the
sale of livestock in New Brunswick on behalf of the seller. If the purchaser does not complete this
transaction, it is the ultimate responsibility of the seller to ensure levy payment.
What is the PID number for?
The Premises Identification Number (PID) is the assignment of a unique identification number to a
parcel of land where livestock or poultry may be located. PID connects animal traceability to geographic
locations.

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