Cattle producers in southeast Alberta are getting a helping hand from the federal government.

The Government of Canada has added more regions where livestock tax deferral has been authorized for 2018 due to drought.

Cypress County, County of 40 Mile and County of Newell all listed on The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada website.

The deferral provision allows producers to defer a portion of their 2018 sale proceeds of breeding livestock until 2019 to help replenish the herd.