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Heritage chicks available now

University of Alberta’s hugely popular heritage chicken distribution program is now on — but hurry before they’re all gone. “This year, we’re offering Plymouth barred rock, brown leghorn, random bred broiler 1978, light Sussex and Rhode Island Red chicks,” said Jesse Hunter, program co-ordinator. “We hatch a certain number of each breed every year, so […] Read more


New egg layers code wins praise

The revised Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Layers is a “tremendous achievement,” says the Egg Farmers of Alberta. The code is the foundation for the egg industry’s animal welfare standards, and informs enhancements to the national Animal Care Program. The new Code of Practice is the result of “a rigorous and […] Read more



Conference focuses on community leadership

The Alberta Human Ecology and Home Economics Association’s annual conference takes place on April 28-29 at the Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club in Canmore. The theme of this year’s conference is Catalyzing Change Through Collective Leadership. The event kicks off with a workshop on social innovation, including new approaches to working together, new methods […] Read more


Mane Event heads east and south

After expanding to Red Deer 11 years ago, B.C.-based Mane Event is adding shows in Ontario and Arizona

As organizers of the Mane Event return to Red Deer for the 11th time, the show is jumping to new heights this year. The equine educational expo, which began in Chilliwack, B.C., is now a four-stop tour after expanding both east and south this year — adding shows in London, Ont, and and Scottsdale, Ariz. […] Read more



Verified Beef Production Plus launches expanded website

The Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) program has a new website, with information for both consumers and producers. The website, verifiedbeefproductionplus.ca, has information on topics such as VBP+ online training, five easy steps for getting on the program, and details on modules for animal care, biosecurity, and environmental stewardship. There is also an auction listing […] Read more




Rural revitalization 101: Some tips to get you started

How do you make sure your small town is leading the band and not missing the parade altogether? If you love your small town, it’s time to gather a crowd and start ensuring its future is golden, says small-town advocate Becky McCray. The Oklahoma resident has a number of tips for revitalizing small towns: Attract […] Read more




Don’t let that pretty quarter section turn your head

Spring is a busy time for farmland sales, but make sure you don’t wind up with buyer’s regret

Spring is a prime time for buying land, but don’t rush into a purchase, says a provincial farm financial specialist. “With farmland prices continuing to appreciate, a well-researched financial and ownership plan will guard against ill-prepared land purchases,” said Rick Dehod. “So do your homework before making a final decision.” Read more: FCC sees increase […] Read more


Stampede is a champion of animal welfare, says researcher

The Calgary rodeo is a leader in giving access to researchers, 
and they haven’t found high levels of animal stress or abuse

Animal activists are quick to denounce the Calgary Stampede for animal cruelty. But it turns out very little research has been done on animal welfare at rodeo events. “As a scientist, I can say that there is no data on rodeo and how animals are being treated. That’s where some of the research we’ve been […] Read more




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