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 the end of life options for horses without willing caregivers.(more…)
New people building knowledge, training and connections to make a positive contribution to farm animal care are essential for Alberta to remain a leader.
That’s why having a strong student presence at the LCC and creating the student mentorship opportunity, Meet the Experts session, is such a vital part of the annual event. Meet the Experts is a unique forum that allows students to interact with a diverse group of industry mentors, asking questions, learning and making contacts that can help them as they complete their education and move toward starting their careers. In all, 29 students and 30 industry mentors participated in this year’s session.(more…)
Each year AFAC likes to draw attention to some good news stories by honouring individuals or groups who are dedicated to animal care day in and day out.
The AFAC Awards of Distinction were initiated in 2001 to recognize individuals and groups who have made exceptional contributions in the field of livestock welfare and those who work hard to advance the mandate of AFAC and the welfare of livestock in Alberta. They champion trusted best practices along with new, innovative ideas to improve and ensure high standards of animal care and well-being. They also provide outstanding examples both within and outside the industry as leaders and ambassadors.(more…)
The social media hashtag #LivestockCare2019 for the 2019 LCC was buzzing over the course of the event – especially during the keynote presentation by Dr. Rebecca Gimenez Husted. She shared experiences, learnings and insights based on the Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue training sessions she delivers across the United States, Canada and internationally.(more…)
The progress of AFAC is powered by its expanding membership within the broader industry and farm animal care community this represents.
The LCC provides an opportunity to celebrate this strength while providing fresh knowledge, ideas and insights to drive further momentum into the future.(more…)