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Awards for leaders in animal welfare

Alberta Farm Animal Care is seeking nominations for a trio of awards that recognize individuals or groups who have made exceptional contributions to livestock welfare. Three awards are given out annually. The Award of Distinction for Communication honours those who take an active role in effectively telling the story about livestock issues, and informing the […] Read more

Give your view on livestock welfare

Survey, focus group participation open until Oct. 31

The second phase of the Livestock Welfare Engagement Project is getting underway. There has been strong participation in an online survey, said Alberta Farm Animal Care, which is facilitating the initiative requested by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. The province wants a better understanding of the “animal welfare landscape.” The second phase will involve five focus […] Read more


Along with operating an animal welfare hotline and offering producer resources, Alberta Farm Animal Care also has a YouTube video series entitled “Heart of a Farmer.

How is Alberta doing in terms of animal welfare?

Alberta Farm Animal Care is seeking input from livestock producers, their farm organizations, and others in the sector to assess the state of animal welfare in the province. “Livestock welfare is important to all industry stakeholders, as well as the bodies that regulate the sector, and practices continue to change and evolve,” said Annemarie Pedersen, […] Read more

Cora Scheele elected new AFAC chair

Cora Scheele of Linden is the new chair of the Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) board of directors. “Alberta Farm Animal Care plays an important role in the province, representing all livestock sectors by communicating the industry’s best practices to producers and sharing our story with the public,” said Scheele, a hatching egg producer. James […] Read more


Members of the East Olds Dairy Farmers group were recognized for starting the Breakfast on the Dairy Farm event. From left are Larry Arvay, Theo Van der Gun, Martien Huyzer, Miranda Verhoef, Arie Van den Broek and presenter Lorrie Jespersen.

Breakfast on the Dairy Farm an award-winning idea

Over 3,400 people have attended the annual summer event

A group of Olds-area dairy farmers who developed an innovative consumer outreach program are this year’s winner of Award of Distinction for Communication from Alberta Farm Animal Care. “Six years ago the East Olds Dairy Farmers group, which is made up of several dairy farm families, developed the idea to host a breakfast for their […] Read more

Nominate an exceptional livestock welfare leader

Deadline for nominations is Feb. 15

Alberta Farm Animal Care initiated its awards of distinction 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 […] Read more


Annemarie Pedersen.

AFAC appoints new executive director

Annemarie Pedersen is the new executive director of Alberta Farm Animal Care. Pedersen is an agricultural communications expert and a former industry relations director with Canada Beef. The livestock welfare organization, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year, promotes best practices in livestock care and handling. Among the programs it supports is the ALERT […] Read more

Animal care advocates honoured

Dr. Merle Olson was presented with the Award of Distinction for Innovation at the recent Livestock Care Conference. The veterinarian and longtime farm animal care advocate was honoured for “his tireless efforts in the research, development, and commercialization of much-needed pharmaceutical options that are effective, economical, safe and practical, for pain management and parasite control […] Read more


Participants wanted for survey on culling cattle

Another team of University of Alberta researchers is conducting a survey to gather information regarding producers’ current knowledge about transporting cull cattle and what factors influence their decisions to cull cattle. The survey was developed by students in the animal health/animal science program and Alberta Farm Animal Care. The survey information will be used for […] Read more

Nominations wanted for livestock awards

Nominations close March 1

Nominations are open for the Alberta Farm Animal Care awards of distinction, which recognize individuals or groups who have made exceptional contributions in the field of livestock welfare. There are three award categories: communication, industry leadership, and innovation. If you know an individual or organization whose contributions to animal care enhance their community and inspire […] Read more