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September 2013

The Livestock Loan Guarantee (LLG) program facilitates growth of Saskatchewan 's livestock industry, including cattle, bison and sheep. The program provides producers with alternative financing options to purchase livestock or construct or expand feedlot facilities. Some producers also use the program as a management tool to generate cash flow through retained ownership of livestock.

Background

  • The Production Association Loan Guarantee Program was established in 1984 to facilitate the establishment of cattle feeder associations. The name of the program has since been changed to Livestock Loan Guarantee.
  • In 1991, the program was expanded to include five-year financing for bred cows and bred heifers.
  • In 1999, the program was expanded to include feeder and breeder sheep along with feeder bison.
  • In 2004, the Feedlot Construction Option was approved to support the construction or expansion of feedlot facilities for feeding of cattle, bison or sheep.
  • In 2007, the Bison Breeder Option was approved for the purchase of bison for breeding purposes.
  • In 2010, there were approximately 78 associations with approximately 3500 members.
  • In 2011, the program was expanded to allow corporations to apply for membership.

Cattle Feeder and Breeder Options

Under the Cattle Feeder and Breeder Options, Saskatchewan residents establish production associations for the purpose of purchasing feeder and/or breeder cattle on behalf of association members. The association borrows money on the strength of its assurance fund and a government guarantee to the lender, and uses the funds to purchase feeder cattle or female breeding cattle to be fed or pastured on members' farms, or in custom feedlots or pastures on behalf of members.

Producer Benefits

Key benefits to the producer include:

  • Provides a reliable source of credit at competitive interest rates. Livestock and assurance fund deposit are pledged as loan security. Minimal assurance fund deposit allows members to purchase during times of limited cash flow. Improves cash flow management through retained ownership options.
  • Associations are producer-controlled.
  • Producers may be eligible for an interest rebate on the first $100,000 of eligible feeder advances through the Advance Payments Program offered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Overview

Producers apply for membership in a feeder and/or breeder association or can inquire about starting a new association. Once approved, the association may begin to borrow funds from a lender to purchase feeder or breeder cattle on behalf of the member, subject to the following terms and conditions:

  • Members must maintain an assurance fund deposit equal to at least five per cent (feeder) or 10 per cent (breeder) of the outstanding loans taken by the association on the member's behalf. This deposit is refundable, provided it has not been used to offset a loan default.
  • Members may sell their own feeder heifers and steers, or bred heifers to the association for fair market value to generate operating capital while maintaining the benefits of ownership (some restrictions apply).
  • All cattle purchased by the association on behalf of a member, and any offspring, are owned by the association and must be branded with the association's registered brand.
  • The lender takes security on the cattle purchased by the association and also relies on the association's assurance fund and a 25 per cent government guarantee.
  • Members are responsible for repaying in full any loan(s) taken out by the association on their behalf. Producers continue to be responsible for repayment of loans should a guarantee payment be made to the lender.
  • All cattle are sold in the name of the association on behalf of the member. The association makes the required payment on the member's account and returns any excess to the member.

Government Guarantee

The Government of Saskatchewan guarantees the lender repayment of 25 per cent of the amount outstanding on loans at the time of first default. In the case of a default after all inventory has been disposed of, the association repays loans from the assurance fund before any payment is made under the government guarantee.

Eligibility

Residents of Saskatchewan who are at least 18 years of age are eligible for the program, subject to association, lender and government approval. Associations and/or lenders may establish additional criteria. Some restrictions apply to membership in more than one association.

Loan Limits and Conditions

Cattle Feeder Option:

  • Eligible livestock include feeder heifers, steers and feeder cows.
  • Loans for feeder heifers and steers must be repaid within 12 months from the date of purchase or when the cattle are sold, whichever comes first.
  • Loans for feeder cows must be repaid within 180 days from the date of purchase or when the cows are sold, whichever comes first.

  • The maximum loan limit* per member is:  

    • 1styear - $100,000
    • 2ndyear - $300,000
    • 3rdyear - $400,000
    • 4th year - $500,000

    The maximum loan limit* per corporation is:

    • 1st year - $300,000
    • 2nd year - $900,000
    • 3rd year - $1,200,000
    • 4th year - $1,500,000

  • The feeder option loan limit is $6,000,000 per association

Cattle Breeder Option:

  • Eligible cattle include pregnant females under 60 months of age and non-pregnant females under 60 months of age with an unweaned calf at foot.
  • Breeder loans must be repaid within five years from date of purchase, with 20 per cent annual payments due on the anniversary date or when calves are sold, whichever comes first.

  • The maximum loan limit* per member is:  

    • 1styear - $100,000
    • 2ndyear - $200,000
    • 3rdyear - $300,000
    • 4th year - $500,000

    The maximum loan limit* per corporation is:

    • 1st year - $300,000
    • 2nd year - $600,000
    • 3rd year - $900,000
    • 4th year - $1,500,000
  • The breeder option loan limit is $6,000,000 per association.

*Member loan limits are subject to association, lender and government approval. A member may enroll in both options and borrow up to the maximum allowed in either option. The maximum a member may borrow under both options is $500,000 and $1,500,000 per corporations.

 


Sheep Feeder and Breeder Options

Under the Sheep Feeder and Breeder Options, Saskatchewan residents establish production associations for the purpose of purchasing feeder and/or breeder sheep on behalf of association members. The association borrows money on the strength of its assurance fund and a government guarantee to the lender, and uses the funds to purchase feeder sheep or female breeding sheep to be fed or pastured on members' farms, or in custom feedlots or pastures on behalf of members.

Producer Benefits

Key benefits to the producer include:

  • Provides a reliable source of credit at competitive interest rates.
  • Livestock and assurance fund deposit are pledged as loan security.
  • Minimal assurance fund deposit allows members to purchase during times of limited cash flow.
  • Improves cash flow management through retained ownership options.
  • Associations are producer-controlled.

Overview

Producers apply for membership in the provincial feeder and/or breeder association. Once approved, the association may begin to borrow funds from the lender to purchase feeder or breeder sheep on behalf of the member, subject to the following terms and conditions:

  • Members must maintain an assurance fund deposit equal to at least five per cent (feeder) or 10 per cent (breeder) of the outstanding loans taken by the association on the member's behalf. This deposit is refundable, provided it has not been used to offset a loan default.
  • Members may sell their own feeder ewe lambs or wethers, or ewe lambs for breeding to the association for 100 per cent of fair market value to generate operating capital while maintaining the benefits of ownership (some restrictions apply).
  • All sheep purchased by the association on behalf of a member, and any offspring, are owned by the association and must be marked with the association's registered mark and carry a unique ear tag registered to the association.
  • The lender takes security on the sheep purchased by the association and also relies on the association's assurance fund and a 25 per cent government guarantee.
  • Members are responsible for repaying in full any loan(s) taken out by the association on their behalf.
  • All sheep are sold in the name of the association on behalf of the member. The association makes the required payment on the member's account and returns any excess to the member.

Government Guarantee

The Government of Saskatchewan guarantees the lender repayment of 25 per cent of the amount outstanding on loans at the time of first default. In the case of a default after all inventory has been disposed of, the association repays loans from the assurance fund before any payment is made under the government guarantee.

Eligibility

Residents of Saskatchewan who are at least 18 years of age are eligible for the program, subject to approval from the association, lender and government. The association and/or lender may establish additional criteria.

Loan Limits and Conditions

Feeder Option:

  • Eligible livestock include feeder wethers and feeder ewe lambs.
  • Feeder loans must be repaid within six months from the date of purchase, or when the feeders are sold, whichever comes first.
  • The maximum loan limit* per member is:
    • 1st year - $35,000
    • 2nd year - $70,000
    • 3rd year - $100,000
  • The maximum loan limit per feeder association is $4,000,000.

Breeder Option:  

  • Eligible livestock include pregnant females under four years of age and non-pregnant females under four years of age with a lamb(s) at foot.
  • Breeder loans must be repaid within four years from the date of purchase, with 25 per cent annual payments due on the anniversary date, or when the lambs are sold, whichever comes first.
  • The maximum loan limit* per member is:
    • 1st year - $35,000
    • 2nd year - $70,000
    • 3rd year - $100,000
  • The maximum loan limit per breeder association is $4,000,000.

* Member loan limits are subject to association, lender and government approval

 


Bison Feeder and Breeder Option

Under the Bison Feeder and Breeder Option, Saskatchewan residents establish production associations for the purpose of purchasing bison feeder and breeder animals on behalf of association members. The association borrows money on the strength of its assurance fund and a government guarantee to the lender, and uses the funds to purchase bison feeder and/or breeder animals to be fed or pastured on members' farms, or in custom feedlots or pastures on behalf of the members.

Producer Benefits

Key benefits to the producer include:

  • Provides a reliable source of credit at competitive interest rates.
  • Livestock and assurance fund deposit are the only required loan security.
  • Minimal assurance fund deposit allows members to purchase during times of limited cash flow.
  • Improves cash flow management through retained ownership options.
  • Associations are producer-controlled.

Overview

Producers apply for membership in a bison feeder and breeder association or can inquire about starting a new association. Once approved, the association may begin to borrow funds from a lender to purchase feeder and/or breeder bison on behalf of the member, subject to the following terms and conditions:

  • Members must maintain an assurance fund deposit equal to at least five per cent (feeder) or 10 per cent (breeder) of the outstanding loans taken by the association on the member's behalf. This deposit is refundable, provided it has not been used to offset a loan default.
  • Members may sell their own bison feeder heifers, bulls and pregnant heifers to the association for 100 per cent of fair market value to generate operating capital while maintaining the benefits of ownership (some restrictions apply).
  • All bison purchased by the association on behalf of individual members are owned by the association and must be tagged with the association's registered ear tag, a Federal Health of Animals ear tag, and a Canadian Cattle Identification Agency ear tag.
  • The lender takes security on the bison purchased by the association, and also relies on the association's assurance fund and a 25 per cent government guarantee.
  • Members are responsible for repaying in full any loan(s) taken out by the association on their behalf.
  • All bison are sold in the name of the association on behalf of the member. The association makes the required payment on the member's account and returns any excess to the member.

Government Guarantee

The Government of Saskatchewan guarantees the lender repayment of 25 per cent of the amount outstanding on loans at the time of first default. In the case of a default after all inventory has been disposed of, the association repays loans from the assurance fund before any payment is made under the government guarantee.

Eligibility

Residents of Saskatchewan who are at least 18 years of age are eligible for the Bison Feeder and Breeder Option, subject to association, lender and government approval. Associations and/or lenders may establish additional criteria.

Loan Limits and Conditions

Bison Feeder Option:  

  • Eligible livestock include bison feeder bulls and feeder heifers under two years of age.
  • Loans must be repaid within 18 months from the date of purchase, or when the bison are sold, whichever comes first.

  • The maximum loan limit* per member is:  

    • 1styear - $100,000
    • 2ndyear - $300,000
    • 3rdyear - $400,000
    • 4th year - $500,000

    The maximum loan limit* per corporation is:

    • 1st year - $300,000
    • 2nd year - $900,000
    • 3rd year - $1,200,000
    • 4th year - $1,500,000

  • The maximum loan limit per feeder association is $5,000,000.

Bison Breeder Option:  

  • Eligible livestock include pregnant females under eight years of age, pregnant or non-pregnant females under eight years of age with a calf at foot or a member's own pregnant heifers.
  • Loans must be repaid within six years from the date of purchase.

  • The maximum loan limit* per member is:  

    • 1styear - $100,000
    • 2ndyear - $200,000
    • 3rdyear - $300,000
    • 4th year - $500,000

    The maximum loan limit* per corporation is:

    • 1st year - $300,000
    • 2nd year - $600,000
    • 3rd year - $900,000
    • 4th year - $1,500,000

  • The maximum loan limit per breeder association is $6,000,000.

*Member loan limits are subject to association, lender and government approval

 


Feedlot Construction Option

The Feedlot Construction Option supports the expansion of Saskatchewan's cattle feeding sector by providing loan guarantees to lenders that finance the construction or expansion of feedlot facilities for feeding of cattle, bison or sheep.

This option compliments the existing Association Options for the purchase of livestock.

Key Benefit to Producers

The Feedlot Construction Option provides producers with access to a source of capital at competitive interest rates.

Loan Purpose

Loans advanced under the Feedlot Construction Option are used to cover costs associated with a feedlot's construction or expansion.

Eligible costs include:

  • site improvements
  • building materials
  • equipment to be permanently attached to the feedlot site or building
  • labour associated with the construction

Loan Limit

A producer's approved loan limit is negotiated with the producer's lender and approved by Saskatchewan Agriculture, subject to the following conditions:

  • The minimum loan provided is $50,000.
  • Producers can negotiate with a lender for a loan limit in excess of $3 million; however, the maximum guarantee provided on an eligible loan is $750,000.

Loan Term

While the government guarantee under the Feedlot Construction Option is limited to a 10 year term, producers are free to negotiate with their lenders for a longer loan term.

Conditions of Repayment

Loans are repaid by regular installments, with the date of first payment and the frequency of repayment installments negotiated between the producer and the lender, and approved by Saskatchewan Agriculture.

Producers continue to be responsible for repaying a loan, even if a guarantee payment is made to the lender.

Security

Security for the loan is negotiated between the feedlot, the lender and Saskatchewan Agriculture, and may include:

  • a land mortgage on the feedlot property, including the feedlot
  • a General Security Agreement and/or Bank Act Security
  • personal guarantees (in the case of a feedlot corporation)

Government Guarantee

The Government of Saskatchewan guarantees the lender repayment of 25 per cent of the amount outstanding on an eligible loan at the time of first default plus any accrued interest, up to a maximum payment of $750,000.

Producer Eligibility

Individuals, corporations and Indian Bands that operate feedlots in Saskatchewan are eligible to participate in the Feedlot Construction Option, subject to lender and Saskatchewan Agriculture approval.

To be eligible:

  • Individuals must be Saskatchewan residents who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Corporations, including co-operatives, must be registered in Saskatchewan.

For more information, contact:

Financial Programs Branch
Saskatchewan Agriculture
Walter Scott Building
3085 Albert Street
Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0B1
Phone: (306) 787-5275
Fax: (306) 798-3042

Saskatchewan Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada have signed an agreement allowing the Livestock Loan Guarantee (LLG) program to administer the interest-only portion of the Advance Payments Program (APP) in Saskatchewan.

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