Alberta Farm Animal Care Association

Aug 07, 2018

Keeping Livestock Cool in this Week’s Scorching Temperatures

Extension Coordinator with Alberta Farm Animal Care, Melissa Moggy, says this time of year, beef cattle are out to pasture where farmers might not see them everyday.

“They might not have easy access to shade and depending on where we are in the province, if we haven’t had a lot of rain, there might not be a great deal of water if we have a natural source instead of a man-made source for water. We need to keep that in mind when we’re giving access for water.”

Jul 06, 2018

Canadian Poultry: Livestock welfare engagement project

Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) is involved in a new initiative called the Livestock Welfare Engagement Project. The goal of this project is a collaborative look at animal welfare in Alberta’s livestock industry, where AFAC will facilitate the collection of input from individuals and organizations across the sector.

Jul 04, 2018

Farms.com: AFAC Launches a Call to Action

Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) is asking members of the ag community to take a survey for an animal welfare project.

The Livestock Welfare Engagement Project will help Alberta Agriculture evaluate the industry’s experiences, perceptions and priorities related to livestock welfare.

Jul 03, 2018

New Livestock Welfare Survey

Now is your opportunity to help provide a clear picture of livestock welfare in Alberta.

A new survey is underway from July 3 to Oct. 31 targeting the collection of input from individuals and organizations across the sector. AFAC is encouraging all producers to participate.

The survey is part of a new Livestock Welfare Engagement Project, facilitated by Alberta Farm Animal Care, with an aim to support an accurate understanding of the animal welfare landscape in Alberta from the livestock industry’s perspective. This project was requested and is being funded by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

May 04, 2018

AFAC Executive Elected

The Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) board of directors is proud to announce the election of Cora Scheele of Linden, Alberta as the new Chair. Scheele, a hatching egg producer and a member of the board with the Alberta Hatching Egg Producers, has been a member of the AFAC board for 5 years.  She is a committed ambassador for animal welfare in Alberta’s livestock sector.

Apr 13, 2018

How to drive change and win over consumers

Livestock producers, you are doing good things — at least Temple Grandin thinks so.

“I have been in this industry for 45 years, and there has been a lot of improvement,” she said at Alberta Farm Animal Care’s Livestock Care Conference last month.

Apr 03, 2018

Temple Grandin speaks at 2018 Livestock Care Conference

Many of our readers will know Temple Grandin as the Colorado State University Animal Science Professor who despite (or perhaps because of) her autism has had a hand in designing livestock facilities around the world, working with corporations such as McDonald’s, Chipotle and Whole Foods.

Mar 30, 2018

Farm Animal Care Champions Recognized with AFAC Awards of Distinction

Two outstanding contributors to advancing farm animal care in Alberta were presented with Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) Awards of Distinction at the Livestock Care Conference in Olds, March 14-15. 

Mar 27, 2018

Farm Animal Care Champions Recognized

An outstanding local contributor to advancing farm animal care in Alberta was presented with an Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) Award of Distinction at the recent Livestock Care Conference in Olds.

Mar 08, 2017 Backgrounder

Slaughter Without Stunning

What is Slaughter Without Stunning (SwS)?

Prior to conventional slaughter in Canadian abattoirs, animals are rendered insensible (“stunned”) using a variety of methods. Slaughter without stunning means that animals are not rendered insensible prior to slaughter. This is most commonly done in observance of certain religious requirements. Though not synonymous, it is sometimes called religious or ritual slaughter.

Mar 24, 2017 Media Release

Innovative ideas ‘push the envelope’ at AFAC Livestock Care Conference

HIGH RIVER, ALBERTA —  What forces are shaping the future of farm animal care? How can producers keep profitable and sustainable while meeting new expectations? What are the ideas and opportunities ‘pushing the envelope’ to help Alberta’s livestock industries on the path of continual improvement?

These questions and others were the focus at a packed-house 2017 Livestock Care Conference, hosted by Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC), March 21-22 in Leduc, Alta. The conference, themed “Pushing the Envelope,” featured leading speakers on a number of hot topics in farm animal care, who offered insights and led discussion among a diverse audience of producers and others representing agriculture and the farm animal care community.

Feb 14, 2017 Media Release

Advisory Council Meeting

Alberta’s livestock industries take charge on housing Alberta’s livestock industries are taking strong steps to lead, innovate and manage rising expectations around the increasingly high-profile issue of animal housing, with an aim to support a “Home Sweet Home” for livestock that optimizes welfare and production priorities.

Jan 20, 2017 Media Release

Pushing the envelope on welfare issues at Livestock Care Conference, March 21-22 in Leduc

HIGH RIVER, AB — The rising momentum toward a new era of teamwork, success and tackling tough issues in livestock care and welfare will take centre stage at the Livestock Care Conference, March 21-22 in Leduc, Alta., hosted by Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC).

With a theme of “Pushing the envelope,” the long-standing conference open to producers, industry and others with an interest in farm animal care, will delve into the latest progress, challenges and opportunities surrounding livestock care and welfare issues, with presentations by leading speakers highlighting an engaging and interactive format.

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