Animal welfare advocates honoured

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Alberta Farmer columnist Brenda Schoepp and beef producer Stacey Simpson are the recipients of the Alberta Farm Animal Care’s awards of distinction for 2019.

The awards recognize individuals or groups who have made exceptional contributions in the field of livestock welfare, and who champion best practices and innovative ideas.

Schoepp received the award for communication for her work as a mentor, speaker, and columnist.

“Brenda has been a strong and consistent leading voice as a provincial and national columnist often showcasing the importance of animal welfare,” AFAC said in a news release.

Simpson received the industry leadership award for her devotion to farm animal care on her family operation, Lucky 7 Cattle Company near Sedgewick. She was also praised for sharing knowledge both with other producers and the public (through events such as Open Farm Days).

“She is recognized among peers as always going above and beyond to ensure optimal animal welfare practices,” said AFAC.

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