New Brunswick Cattle Producers – Frequently Asked Questions

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.

The NBCP is a producer-led organization representing all beef producers in New Brunswick. The NBCPoperates 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.