Environment

Cattle feeders enhance environmental stewardship:

  • ACFA led the drive for a Feedlot Emergency Preparedness Plan to protect animals, the environment, and human health in case of a disease outbreak or natural disaster.
  • Participating in environmental impact studies such as Alberta Agriculture and Resource Development’s Livestock Impact on Groundwater Quality in Alberta
  • Regular interaction with the Natural Resource Conservation Board on environmental initiatives
  • Active members of the Intensive Livestock Working Group and Agri-Environmental Partnership of Alberta

What is the Environmental Impact of the Canadian Beef Industry?

Alberta’s KCL Cattle Co. is sourcing the sun for power

The Cleanfarms program will be collecting obsolete pesticide and livestock medication products across southern Alberta this Fall. Click here for more details on how producers are disposing of old or unwanted pesticides and livestock medications in an environmentally responsible way.

Can vegetarians save the planet? Why campaigns to ban meat send the wrong message on climate change

“Caring about the planet — and trying to do something about it — is a noble cause. But with the stakes as high as they are, accuracy in messaging is important.

FACT: only about 15 to 18 percent of carbon emissions come from livestock. And that number includes all livestock on the planet as well as the entire process of raising, slaughtering, transporting and eating meat — including the carbon you yourself make while eating and digesting it. From the farm to your toilet, essentially. Notably, only a portion of that process involves actual animals. The rest of it is transportation and processes that also produce carbon when growing and consuming vegetables, wheat and practically everything else we eat.

The overwhelming source of fossil fuels, 65 to 70 percent, is the burning of fossil fuels for energy and transport. “

New research shows shrinking “water footprint” of Canadian beef production

Canada’s beef industry has dramatically reduced its water footprint over the past several decades, and that trend is expected to continue, a new study has found.

The amount of water required to produce one kilogram of Canadian beef has decreased by 17% from 1981 to 2011, due largely to enhanced efficiency in how feed crops for beef cattle are produced, as well as enhanced efficiency in raising beef cattle and producing more beef per animal.

Eating Canadian beef is good for the environment

The Rancher’s side of the Environmental Story

Ever wonder about the impact raising beef in Canada has on the environment? There is a lot of misinformation out there but the truth may surprise you. Watch this video to learn more from Canadian scientists and ranchers.

Cattle making gains

“Today’s beef producers are using less feed to grow top-quality Alberta meat. And their animals are generating less methane gas and less manure.”

Feedlot Manure helps fuel $7.1-million bioenergy plant in southern Alberta

Cows and GHG emissions

You may have heard people say that cattle contribute to global warming due to their gassy digestive process — but what does that actually mean? Learn more here.

Taking the heat off meat: the truth about GHG emissions

According to Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Alberta’s livestock industry contributes about one per cent of Canada’s total GHG emissions.

Feedlot Emergency Preparedness Plan

The Guidelines for this plan are available to all current ACFA Members. They were carefully prepared and are intended to guide feedlot operators and staff through the immediate response activities anticipated in a sector-wide emergency. For the beef cattle industry, a sector-wide emergency is most likely the result of a major disease outbreak — like Foot and Mouth Disease, or possibly a disease that affects humans — or some other event leading to a significant interruption of the market and in all likelihood caused by disease. These are the events whose widespread problems from the event itself, or resulting loss of markets, would essentially bring the industry ‘to a halt’. The Guidelines in the plan are important because they are the immediate response activities that feedlot operators will be involved in, in the early days of a sector-wide emergency. They are prepared in a workbook style format specific to the individual feedlots. Portions of the book can be incorporated into staff training materials or laminated and posted for ready reference in the event of an emergency.

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