Alberta Farm Animal Care Association
Dr. Melissa Moggy, Alberta Farm Animal Care Transportation is a stressful experience for all livestock. The care of animals during transport is a significant welfare concern. Transportation begins with the selection of animals for transport and ends with unloading animals at their destination. The Health of Animals Regulations (HAR) Part XII applies to all forms of animal transport in Canada, such as trailers, trains, and vessels. It is enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Awareness of the Equine Code of Practice

Posted by Melissa Moggy on  February 19, 2020

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Wm.H.L (Bill) desBarres, Chair Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada HWAC’s statement of purpose is the communication of accurate information related to the Canadian equine industry to horse, mule and donkey owners and the general public. More information can be found at www.horsewelfare.ca. It is estimated that approximately a third of the Canadian horse population and industry emanates from Alberta. The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Horse Trade Summary ending the third quarter of 2019 indicates Canada exported in excess

Steer Clear of Fatigued Cattle Syndrome

Posted by Melissa Moggy on  February 19, 2020

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By Roy Lewis DVM                                A few years ago cattle in an American feedlot went down during transport to a packing plant, and others developed severe lameness. This condition was eventually labeled fatigued cattle syndrome (FCS) and became a huge animal welfare issue due to the appearance of severely lame, non-ambulatory cattle. Initially beta agonists were incriminated but numerous studies have essentially

Understanding Producer Needs: A One Welfare Approach

Posted by Melissa Moggy on  February 19, 2020

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By Dr. Melissa Moggy, Alberta Farm Animal Care Four students from the University of Alberta are conducting a capstone project with mentorship from Alberta Farm Animal Care and faculty member, Dr. Clover Bench. We were initially asked by the course professor for project ideas, and we considered multiple producer challenges on which to focus. Producer mental health was a consideration as we know that it is closely related to animal welfare. However, we realized that,
By Melissa Moggy On November 29th, 2019, I attended a lunch n’ learn on the Animal Health Emergency Management (AHEM) Project. The goal of the project is to provide producers and their organizations with sector-specific tools that can be used in a disease emergency. At the end of the first phase, the project developed 13 plans and handbooks for different species and specific regions. In Alberta, there are 3 handbooks for:Alberta MilkAlberta Beef ProducersAlberta Pork
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