Enhanced Quality Option

Enhanced Quality Option


  • The Enhanced Quality Option provides producers of high quality alfalfa the opportunity to purchase an additional Relative Feed Value (RFV) guarantee for Alfalfa.


  • The Enhanced Quality Option is available to Manitoba producers with Alfalfa acres insured under Select Hay Insurance, and have demonstrated that they have produced high quality hay in the past three years.
  • Production must be placed into acceptable storage. For example: bales must be wrapped, tarped or shedded.


  • Producers with Select Hay Insurance can add the Enhanced Quality Option, which allows them to increase their RFV coverage above the Select Hay RFV guarantee of .
  • Assigned RFV for is .
    Every new producer in will start with an Assigned RFV of . For each claim-free year, a producer’s Assigned RFV increases by five points to a maximum of . For each claim year, a producer’s Assigned RFV decreases by five points to a minimum of .
  • RFV Guarantee is calculated:
    • RFV Guarantee   = (Assigned RFV - Select Hay RFV guarantee) x per cent + Select Hay RFV guarantee
        = ( - ) x +
        = (rounded)
  • RFV Coverage is calculated:
    • RFV Coverage   = (RFV Guarantee - Select Hay RFV guarantee) x tonnes of Select Hay Alfalfa coverage
  • Indemnities are calculated based on a $ per tonne for each RFV point below the Assigned RFV.


  • The premium cost is shared per cent by the producer, per cent by the Government of Canada, and per cent by the Province of Manitoba.

Other Program Details

  • The Enhanced Quality Option renews automatically each year unless cancelled by the producer by March 31.
  • RFV testing will be done by MASC at no cost to producers.


  • A producer is entitled to a claim if his Attained RFV is less than his RFV Coverage.
  • A producer’s Attained RFV will be based on individual lots of Alfalfa, where production with the highest RFV is counted first for claim purposes, and continues until the tonnes accounted for equals tonnes covered under Select Hay Insurance.
  • Example:

    A producer insures acres of Alfalfa with a total production coverage of tonnes. The producer actually harvests a total of tonnes, with tonnes that exceed the RFV Guarantee and tonnes with an RFV of ( points below the RFV Guarantee).

    RFV Shortfall   = RFV Guarantee - Actual RFV
      = -
      = RFV shortfall points
    Claim Tonnage   = tonnes of coverage - tonnes lower than 128 RFV
      = shortfall tonnes
    Claim Indemnity   = shortfall tonnes x dollar value x RFV shortfall points
      = tonnes x $ x
      = $

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • March 31 is the last day to apply for the Enhanced Quality Option.
  • September 30 is the last day to register an Enhanced Quality Option claim without penalty.
  • November 30 is the last day to register an Enhanced Quality Option claim with penalty.
  • November 30 is the last day to file Harvested Production Reports without penalty.


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