Alberta Farm Animal Care Association

The Alberta Farm Animal Care Awards of Distinction were initiated in 2001 to recognize individuals or groups who have made exceptional contributions in the field of livestock welfare. These individuals or organizations work hard to advance the mandate of AFAC and the welfare of livestock in Alberta. They apply new, innovative ideas and management practices to improve and ensure high standards of animal wellbeing. They understand the public’s need for assurance that farm animals are raised humanely. They can be held up as examples of those who are making a difference.

The Award of Distinction for Innovation 

honours those who have developed a new process, product or source of knowledge that has made a significant impact on improving the welfare of livestock care and the industry.

This award has been presented to:

2017 Dr. Merle Olson

2016 Jenna Griffin

2015 Dr. Ben Schlegel

2013 Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein

2012 Calgary Stampede

2008 Red Deer County, Agriculture Services Board

2006 Jennifer Woods

2005 Plain Lake Colony

2004 Ed Morrow

2003 Dr. Terry Church

2002 Tim O’Byrne

2001 Darren Malchow

The Award of Distinction for Communication 

honours those that take an active role in effectively getting the message out about livestock issues, and informing the public and agri-food industry about farm animal care in a factual and honest way, to build trust and credibility.

This award has been presented to:

2018 East Olds Dairy Farmer group

2017 Alberta Beef Quality Starts Here

2016 Rick Henderson

2015 Susan Schafers

2014 Alberta Johne’s Disease Initiative

2012 Dana Zielke

2010 Pam Miller

2009 Dr. Ray Fenton

2006 Dr. Roy Lewis

2005 Debbie Lee

2004 Peggy Johnson

2003 Classroom Agriculture Program

2002 Tim O’Byrne

The Award of Distinction for Industry Leadership 

honours those who integrate animal welfare into their core business strategy, setting their own bar higher for expectations regarding animal welfare.

This award has been presented to:

2018 Lakeland College

2017 Jackie Wepruk

2016 Dylan and Colleen Biggs

2015 Corporal David Heaslip

2014 Trevor Prout

2012 Dr. Gerald Ollis

2010 Susan Church

2008 Lakeland College

2006 Ballco Feeders

2005 Dr. Matt Schoonderwoerd

2004 Highwood Livestock Auction

2003 Alberta Pork

2002 Manfred Kanehl

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