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Update your emergency plan and consider a wide range of ‘what-if’ scenarios, says Rebecca Husted, an expert in emergency planning for livestock. (Supplied photo)

Ahead of any emergency, plan for the worst

Disaster planning is not a pleasant task but it's vital that producers have a plan, expert says

Identify your resources and review your plan, says an expert in emergency planning for livestock. The COVID-19 pandemic is a very different type of emergency, said Rebecca Husted, a teacher of technical large animal emergency rescue. “Most disasters like fires and floods have people moving around, but in COVID-19, people are not supposed to move […] Read more

Animal science professor Red Williams, shown here in 2000 touring the old University of Saskatchewan barn with University of Wyoming research scientist Mary Humstone, died March 26 at age 93. (

Animal science professor Red Williams, 93

Memorial services will be held “at a later date” for renowned Prairie animal science professor Charles “Red” Williams, who died Monday at age 93 leaving a legacy of work in livestock care and ag extension. Williams, born in Regina and raised on farms in Saskatchewan and Alberta, served in the Second World War on the […] Read more

ALERT Line: Help for farmers is only a phone call away

Reading Time: < 1 minute Producers who are struggling with livestock issues because of drought are being urged to call the ALERT Line: 1-800-506-2273. “The ALERT Line is a ‘producers helping producers’ resource that producers can call if they have any questions or concerns about livestock welfare,” said Kristen Hall, marketing and communications manager with Alberta Farm Animal Care. “With this drought, we want to […] Read more

Cows in pasture

Preventing negative side-effects of vaccinations in cattle

Beef 911: Vaccinating is a great tool, but producers need vaccination protocols and should be ready to deal with their negative effects

Reading Time: 4 minutes There is now a multitude of vaccines on the market for all facets of the beef and dairy industry. Vaccinating has become part of the biosecurity program on your farm, ranch or dairy. It is good for our industry as it controls disease, minimizes antibiotic use, improves production, and decreases death or losses from abortion. […] Read more

cattle grazing a pasture of green grass

Livestock care in the spotlight

Reading Time: < 1 minute A low-stress cattle-handling and body condition-scoring workshop; understanding animal welfare; and a diversified livestock panel will be part of the 2015 Annual Livestock Care Conference on March 26-27 in Calgary. The conference, hosted by Alberta Farm Animal Care, is intended to address challenges and trends in animal care. Other topics include social media in animal […] Read more