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, the executive director of the organization.
“This project will provide every stakeholder — from individual farmers and ranchers to producer association groups, veterinarians, and all others — the opportunity to share their insight into what is happening in their sector today.”
The Livestock Welfare Engagement Project began with consultations in the industry and Alberta Farm Animal Care is now conducting a survey to evaluate experiences, perceptions, and priorities related to animal welfare.
“The more responses gathered, the clearer the final picture of Alberta’s livestock sector will be,” said Pedersen.
The online survey, which is open until Oct. 31, can be found via Survey Monkey here. It will be followed by focus groups and then a final report to the provincial government, which requested and is funding the project.
Alberta Farm Animal Care was founded in 1993 by provincial livestock organizations to be a collective trusted voice on matters of livestock welfare. Among other things, it offers resources to producers, organizes an annual livestock care conference, and operates an alert line that people can call if they believe livestock are not being cared for properly.