The service charge is payable by producers who sell cattle and by producers to feed and slaughter their own cattle. Any service charge paid by or on behalf of a producer is refundable to that producer on request of that producer. A producer may request a refund of all or a portion of the service charge paid.
The refund is only available to Alberta residents selling or feeding and slaughtering cattle in Alberta. When non-Alberta residents sell cattle in Alberta the purchaser or livestock dealer is deducting and remitting the Federal Levy and not the ABP Service Charge. The Federal Levy is collected by ABP on behalf of the Canadian Beef Cattle Research, Market Development & Promotion Agency (the National Agency) and is paid to the National Agency for national beef cattle research, marketing and promotion. The National Agency pays a portion of the Federal Levy to the provincial cattle association in the province where the seller resides. When an Alberta resident sells cattle in another province, the provincial cattle association in that province is, in turn, collecting the Federal Levy from the Alberta producer. This Federal Levy is non-refundable.
The request for a refund must be accompanied with such documents as may be required by ABP to prove to the satisfaction of ABP that the service charge was paid to the Commission by the producer, or deducted from the sale proceeds by a purchaser or dealer and not passed on to another producer for payment.
ABP will accept photocopies of invoices and settlement statements showing the deduction of the service charge from the sale proceeds by a purchaser or a livestock dealer. If the producer remitted the service himself, a copy of the cancelled cheque paying the service charge to ABP is required.
A producer is not entitled to a refund if the request for a refund of the service charge is not submitted to ABP in the months of July and January, as the case may be, unless ABP decides to accept the request on being satisfied that extenuating circumstances warrant doing so.
The check-off dollars collected from producers on the sale of cattle in Alberta is used, on behalf of producers, to further to objects of the ABP Plan Regulation. The overarching role of Alberta Beef Producers, as a marketing commission, is to initiate and carry out projects or programs to commence, stimulate, increase or improve the production and marketing of cattle and cattle products.
To carry out this objective and leverage our check-off dollars, Alberta Beef Producers has entered into an agreement with the Canadian Beef Cattle Research, Market Development and Promotion Agency (the National Agency) to support national research, marketing and promotion. The National Agency was established to collect a levy on cattle sold in interprovincial trade and will eventually collect a levy on imported cattle and cattle products.
The $1 non-refundable levy is forwarded to the National Agency and is allocated as follows: $.80 to Canada Beef (CB) and $.20 to the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC).
CB's mission is to enhance and sustain the profitability of Canadian beef producers through excellence in product promotion, positioning, and the facilitation of domestic and international marketing initiatives. CB works with industry and governments to develop new and to expand existing markets.
BCRC's purpose is to sponsor research and technology development for the benefit of all Canadian beef producers.
The $2 Alberta service charge is retained by ABP. ABP business is conducted under the direction of the ABP Board of Directors, Councils, Committees, and working groups depending upon specific needs and/or issues of the day. Expenses relate to ABP’s mandate including policy, communications, marketing and education, research, production, stewardship, animal health and welfare. Within these areas ABP continues to work for market access, to provide leadership on research initiatives and environmental policy, promote the Alberta beef industry image, with the overall goal of ensuring the competitiveness and long-term sustainability of our industry for the benefit of the beef producers in Alberta.