Alberta Farm Animal Care Association

Creating a Goat-Focused Feeding System

Posted by Melissa Moggy on October 10, 2018

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By Gosia Zobel (Scientist, AgResearch, Animal Welfare Team), Heather Neave (PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia, Animal Welfare Program), and Jim Webster (Team Leader, AgResearch, Animal Welfare Team)  Commercial livestock systems, regardless of the species, are typically geared towards promoting good health and production of the animals. Other factors that might be important to the animals, such as ability to perform natural behaviours, do not necessarily take precedence. The Animal Welfare Team at AgResearch in New

Antibiotic Use in Livestock

Posted by FRGoDk1fIQ on September 26, 2018

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Antimicrobials have been widely used in livestock since the 1950’s (1). Food animal production has steadily increased over the years, requiring better disease management on farms. More than 75% of antimicrobials in Canada have been used sub-therapeutically in farm animals to prevent disease and for growth promotion (2,3). In Canada, growth hormones are only approved for use in beef cows (4). All antibiotics used in livestock must meet Health Canada’s standards for human and animal
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A first-hand look into a farm-to-plate operation

Posted by FRGoDk1fIQ on June 26, 2018

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This summer we met Dylan Biggs, the owner and operator of TK Ranch, at a low-stress cattle handling workshop. Upon meeting Dylan, the opportunity to visit his ranch for a day came up and without hesitation we took it! TK Ranch has been operating since 1956, and today three generations live and work on the ranch. For over 50 years TK Ranch has been committed to producing sustainable, quality beef for Albertans. The ranch was
Wiolene Nordi and Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein Sheep production in Canada is increasing (one million head on 11,000 farms of which 2,000 farms are in Alberta), due to the growing demand for lamb meat by consumers over the last five years as a result of growing ethnic markets. Consequently, both ewe flocks and growing/finishing lamb feedlots have been increasing in number and size within Alberta to meet the demand for this growing market. Lameness is a common

It’s Time to Talk about Antimicrobials

Posted by FRGoDk1fIQ on June 20, 2018

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By Dr. Darrell Dalton In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized the increased development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as a global crisis. Dr Keiji Fukuda, Assistant Director-General of WHO stated, “Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill.” This will affect generations to come. Later that year, our federal Minister
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