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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


Ranchers Dylan (shown) and Colleen Biggs have been honoured for the “profound difference” they have 
made through their clinics on low-stress handling and other best practices.

Hanna ranchers win award for animal care

Dylan and Colleen Biggs of TK Ranch were two of the recipients of awards of distinction at the recent Livestock Care Conference hosted by Alberta Farm Animal Care. The Hanna-area ranchers were recognized for their long-term commitment to animal welfare and sustainably produced food, which has served as a model approach inspiring the progress of […] Read more

Nominations sought for AFAC’s Awards of Distinction

Deadline for nominations is Feb. 15

Alberta Farm Animal Care is seeking nominations for its Awards of Distinction, which recognize individuals or groups who have made exceptional contributions in the field of livestock welfare. There are three award categories: The communication award recognizes those who have taken an active role in effectively getting the message out about livestock issues, and informing […] Read more


Nominations sought for AFAC’s Awards of Distinction

Awards recognize individuals or groups who have made exceptional contributions to livestock welfare

Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) is seeking nominations for its Awards of Distinction. The award program was initiated in 2001 to recognize individuals or groups who have made exceptional contributions in the field of livestock welfare. Those who: Promote responsible, humane animal care within the livestock industry; Engage in discussion with the public about today’s […] Read more



Livestock industry needs to build trust with consumers

Shared values Simply claiming that science is on their side won’t help producers build trust with consumers

A new culture of care is emerging around farm animal welfare that demands fresh thinking, partnerships, expectations and strategies for the livestock industry to define a successful future. And it’s coming fast, said speakers at the Livestock Care Conference hosted by Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) last month in Red Deer. “We’re in a completely […] Read more

AFAC Conference In Red Deer March 26

“Managing challenges, producing opportunities,” is the theme of the annual Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) conference Mar. 26 in Red Deer. Producers and industry representatives can still register for this event online at www.afac.ab.caor by calling 403-932-8050. Early bird registration discounts are available before March 15. Leading off the conference agenda is Dr. Ed Pajor, […] Read more