Alberta Farm Animal Care Association

Tools for success

Posted by Kristen Lepp on March 26, 2019

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The 2019 LCC was themed “Partners in Progress: Tools for success.” Some of the best examples of new, species-specific innovations that are adding to the toolbox were discussed in presentations on new research findings regarding poultry behavior and lighting and on progress toward a new Feedlot Assessment Tool. Understanding animal behavior can unlock new doors to welfare and productivity, says Dr. Karen Schwean Lardner of the University of Saskatchewan. She explained new findings that improve

Navigating ‘tough’ conversations on welfare

Posted by Kristen Lepp on March 26, 2019

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Understanding key principles of effective communication is especially paramount as producers and their industries approach navigating tough conversations related to animal welfare. Becky Taylor of Mosaic Veterinary Partners and Sage Pullen McIntosh of the Calgary Humane Society provided a wealth of key strategies and tips for effective communication. Helping to provide insights on the best approaches at the 2019 LCC were Becky Taylor of Mosaic Veterinary Partners and Sage Pullen McIntosh of the Calgary Humane

Regulatory perspectives: Teamwork drives success

Posted by Kristen Lepp on March 26, 2019

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The importance of teamwork remained a strong theme during the 2019 LCC Regulatory Panel discussion, which offered a window on the relationships between key groups involved in identifying and addressing animal welfare issues. Panelists included Kristen Hall of AFAC, who is an AFAC ALERT line coordinator;  Cpl. Lindsey Anderson of the RCMP; Shawn McLean of Livestock Identification Services; and Ken Dean of the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Regulatory Panel
One the biggest shifts in recent months in Canadian agriculture has been the transition to new rules and expectations regarding the use of antimicrobials. What has been the impact? How are producers and their industries adjusting? These and other key questions were tackled in a panel discussion at the 2019 LCC on “Growing pains” related to antimicrobial use and the antimicrobial resistance issue. Panelists included small flock owner Cassandra Kirkpatrick (far left), beef producer Greg

Equine RRSP – It’s about doing the right thing

Posted by Kristen Lepp on March 26, 2019

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In a talk on Equine RRSP – Retirement, Rescue, Slaughter and Public Attitudes. Dr. Bettina Bobsien delivered valuable insights and information on the challenges related to caring for horses over what is often a long lifespan.  She provided attendees with an understanding of the lengthening lifespans of horses in North America and the animal welfare implications of that trend, diving into details on the financial care and needs associated with caring for older horses and
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