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
“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. “
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.
“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.”
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
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.