Federal agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay is willing to consider extending the designated drought area in Saskatchewan.
The Saskatchewan Stock Growers, APAS and the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association have said the area is not large enough to cover all producers suffering from severe dry weather and poor pastures.
The designated drought area is south from a line through Saskatoon but excludes the eastern edge of Saskatchewan and parts of west central Saskatchewan.
Producers in the designated area can defer income tax on livestock sales to be able to re-stock their herds next year.
MacAulay is willing to re-consider a wider area but says it may be difficult.
He says there is specific criteria for selecting areas with a shortage of rainfall and selecting the designated regions.