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Frequently Asked Questions: Dealers

Licensed Livestock Dealers
You should read the Livestock Identification and Commerce Act for full details on:

 
What sales are covered?
Sales to a non-licensed buyer of live cattle or horses which were in Alberta when you agreed to sell them.
 
If the animals came from your farming operation outside Alberta, they must have been in Alberta for a minimum of 30 days immediately before the sale.
 

 
What sales are not covered?
Your sale is not eligible for coverage if:
  • the reason the licensed livestock dealer failed to pay you is because there is a dispute between you and the non-licensed buyer about the terms of the sale; or
  • you and the non-licensed buyer are partners or operate your businesses through related corporations.

What must you do or not do at the time of sale?
To ensure that your sale is covered under this program, you must do the following:

  • have the cattle or horses brand inspected;
  • pay the levy to the Fund; and
  • if you are paid by cheque, you must deposit or cash the cheque as soon as you reasonably can.
You must not do the following:
  • sell to a non-licensed buyer when you know that another licensed livestock dealer has not been paid by that buyer;
  • extend credit to the licensed livestock dealer; or
  • collude or conspire with the licensed livestock dealer.
For example, if the buyer gives you a cheque, but asks that you not deposit it for a few days, that is extending credit and you will not be able to obtain reimbursement from either the dealer’s bond or the Fund.
 

  
What must you do if you are not paid?
You must notify the Fund Administrator as soon as you reasonably can after you know about the non-payment. Your notice should include a statement that you are applying to make a claim against the Fund.
 
If you do not properly notify the Administrator, you claim will be denied. Notice must be sent by fax or registered mail to:
 
Fund Administrator
Livestock Identification Services Ltd.
# 109, 264 Midpark Way SE
Calgary AB, Canada T2X 1J6
 

Telephone: Fax:
Toll Free:

(403) 509-2088
(403) 509-2098
1-866-509-2088
 

 
What will happen after you make a claim?
You will be requested to provide the Administrator with details of the sale and any related documentation you have.
 
If the Administrator is satisfied that one or more licensed livestock dealers were not paid by the non-licensed buyer, the Administrator may publish a notice in the local newspapers stating that:
  • the non-licensed buyer has failed to pay a licensed livestock dealer; and
  • licensed livestock dealers may not be eligible to receive a payment from the Tribunal if they sell livestock to this non-licensed buyer in the future.
The Administrator will automatically notify the Tribunal of the claims.
 
If the Tribunal decides that one or more claims meet the requirements, they will make a payment to the claimant.
 

 
How much will you receive and when?
You will receive up to 80% of your claim. Your claim must be paid from the levies paid by licensed livestock dealers on sales to the non-licensed buyer, so the amount you receive depends in part on the amount of levies available to pay your claim.
 
The legislation only allows the Tribunal to make payment in respect of sales to non-licensed buyers once each year.
 

 
Who do you contact for more information?
 
Fund Administrator
Livestock Identification Services Ltd.
# 109, 264 Midpark Way SE
Calgary AB, Canada T2X 1J6
 
Telephone: Fax:
Toll Free:
(403) 509-2088
(403) 509-2098
1-866-509-2088
Livestock Patrons’ Claims Review Tribunal
Tribunal Secretariat
3rd Floor, 6909 – 116 Street NW
Edmonton AB, T6H 4P2
 
Telephone: Fax:
Toll Free:
(780) 422-7249
(780) 427-1437
 1-310-0000-422-7249
Livestock Identification Services Ltd.
109, 264 Midpark Way S.E.
Calgary AB, Canada T2X 1J6
Toll Free: 1-866-509-2088
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