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Federal research scientist Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein found that cattle begin displaying signs of stress after 28 to 30 hours in transport.

Beef sector questions need for transport rules changes

Officials fear new rules will favour public concerns over scientific evidence

The beef industry is bracing for changes to cattle transport regulations, fearing they might be based on perceptions rather than sound science. Current rules require animals be off-loaded after 48 hours of transport for a minimum of five hours and provided with feed and water, unless they can reach their destination within 52 hours. The […] Read more

Are cattle well treated during transport?

New year-long study aims to collect hard data on the condition of animals and find ways to improve transport practices

Animal welfare during transport is a hot topic, and so Alberta Farm Animal Care is conducting a cattle benchmarking project that will track the condition of animals arriving at auction marts and abattoirs. “There’s a lot of talk around transport and what’s happening with animals,” said Angela Greter, the organization’s executive director. “We hear a […] Read more


Feds fund AFAC welfare surveillance

Alberta Farm Animal Care designed to ensure good health, proper standards

The federal government has announced funding of $268,000 to Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) to help ensure that cattle arriving at auctions and abattoirs are in good health and meet the standards required for processing. The announcement was made in Okotoks by Macleod MP John Barlow on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “This project […] Read more