This time of year a large number of cattle are changing hands. In many situations beef producers receive a large part of their annual income in one or two transactions. A default in payment is devastating.
For this reason it is important to deal through someone who is licensed. The Ontario Beef Cattle Financial Protection Program will pay 90 per cent of an approved claim. The person defaulting on payments must be licensed with the program.
There are procedures to follow. Again, deal with a licensed dealer. Deposit the cheque within five working days of receiving it. Do not extend credit to the dealer. Agreeing to postpone payments for two weeks is extending credit.
What happens if payment is not received or a cheque from a licensed dealer bounces? Notify the program at 1-888-466-2372, extension 63886 if payment is not received by 2pm of the second business day after the sale. Apply for a claim within 30 days of when the sale payment was due. A claim may be turned down if all steps are not followed.
Day of sale can mean different things. Day of weighing of live animals, day of grading for carcasses and day of selling on a per head basis.
Dealers include operators of packing plants, abattoirs and community sales barns as well as country dealers.
Call the program number to check the list of licensed dealers. Reduce the risk.