Beef Breeder Co-operative Program

The Ontario Beef Breeder Co-operative Program is a program supported by the Beef Farmers of Ontario. Eight co-operatives have been formed in various regions of the province to provide members with loans to purchase beef breeding females. To check if your area is covered by a breeder co-operative, please see the list below.

How your Beef Breeder Co-operative can work for you

  1. Apply to the Co-operative's Board of Directors for membership.
  2. Eligible members include individuals who are at least 18 years of age and who are landowners or who rent land, or are voting shareholders in partnerships or corporations owning land in Ontario. 
  3. After becoming a member, apply for a purchase order for the amount of anticipated breeding female purchase. Depending on Co-operative, maximum funding per member ranges from $65,000 to $150,000. If you have not calved out 20 cows in previous year you are limited to a maximum of $25,000.
  4. Most loans are payable over a five year term.
  5. Once you receive a purchase order, breeding females may be purchased in the name of the Co-operative.
  6. Females are tagged with Co-operative tags and inspected by their supervisor.
  7. The Co-operative facilitates the payment for the cattle.
  8. Offspring are sold in the name of the Co-operative and the member’s name, then the loan payment is made.

Costs to Members

Each Co-operative charges an annual membership fee, administration cost, insurance and tag cost. A 15% security deposit based on loan amount is required.

Ontario Beef Breeder Co-operative Program Administrator Contact Information

Co-operative Area Administrator Contact
Bruce-Grey Beef Cow Finance Co-op Grey, Bruce, West Simcoe Theresa Cameron                                                                             519.881.2894     
East Beef Breeder Co-op Hastings, Prince Edward, L&A, Frontenac, Leeds Sandra Spencer 613.888.3101
Huron-Perth-Middlesex Beef Breeder Co-op Huron, Perth, Middlesex Janice Hawkins-Wylie 519.887.8899
Ottawa Valley Beef Breeder Co-op Carleton, Lanark, Renfrew Jim Cochran 613.256.3835
Rainy River Beef Breeder Co-op Dryden, Rainy River, Thunder Bay, Kenora Joyous Bragg 807.482.3948/2498
South Queens Breeder Finance Co-op South Bruce, South Grey, North Huron, North Wellington Darryl Diemert 519.367.2077
Southwest Beef Breeders Co-op Lambton, Essex, Kent & East to 403 Joanne Sanderson 519.695.3980
Temiskaming/Cochrane Beef Breeder Co-op Northeastern Ontario and Manitoulin Island Philip Alexander 705.647.2618

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