The USDA RMA Suspends the Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) 60-day Ownership Requirement Due to Severe Drought

In response to the severe drought conditions in many parts of the United States, the USDA RMA is suspending the Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) 60-day ownership requirement. The lack of rainfall is causing producers to sell cattle earlier than they normally would due to the difficulty in finding adequate forage.

The USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) has released a memorandum stating, for Specific Coverage Endorsements (SCEs) they are suspending the Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) rule requiring livestock owners to own their livestock up to the last 60 days of the endorsement (coverage) period. This is in effect as of May 19, 2022.

What it means for producers

With producers facing a shortage of available forage due to drought conditions, the suspension of the LRP 60-day ownership rule allows producers options to consider. These options include feeding additional hay/supplement to maintain the cows and growth of the calves or selling calves before the expected sale date. Selling the calves “early” will also allow producers to reduce grazing pressure on the remaining forage and to maintain their existing cow herd genetic base.  

The SCEs are still subject to verification of proof of ownership. Proof of ownership can include sales receipts, kill sheets, or other documentation that verifies ownership during the insurance period showing the date the livestock were sold or slaughtered.

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