New assessment tool to audit feedlot animal care

Last week on this blog, we talked about the fact that cattle feeders are committed to high standards of animal care – we explained that it’s both good business sense, and the right thing to do. We also explained why it’s not enough for individual feedlot operators to know that their standards are high: Read more

5 must-know facts about the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association

Cattle feeders

The Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association (ACFA) has led the industry for more than four decades. We are the voice of cattle feeders who raise a substantial percentage of beef produced in Alberta.

Here, in five brief points, is a snapshot of who we are, what we do, and why you should be interested:

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Animal care is a top priority for Alberta’s cattle feeders

In previous blog posts we’ve talked about the ways Alberta cattle feeders are building public trust.

Key to that is confidence that cattle feedlots are operating in an ethical and sustainable way. That’s a priority for Alberta’s cattle feeders, and one we take seriously as the association for the industry. So, this week we’re taking a look at how we ensure that our animals are cared for in the very best way possible. Read more

Temporary foreign worker program review — what it means to Alberta beef

When the Liberal government announced a review of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFW program) last week, the news caused little more than a ripple — but to the beef industry it’s a big deal.

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Meet the team: Casey Vander Ploeg, manager of policy & research

Casey Vander PloegThis week in our meet the team series, we’re getting to know Casey Vander Ploeg, who is our master of research and fact gathering. With his background in political science and reporting, he pays the kind of attention to detail required when it comes to advocating for the feedlot industry and policy making.

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Cattle feeding in 2015: a year in review

This was another busy year for the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, as we continued to support our industry through five strategic priorities.  With new governments both provincially and federally, we’ve been kept very busy. Here are some of 2015’s highlights:

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The making of a cattle feeders’ association – major milestones in our history

 

Alberta cattle feeders

Photo courtesy of Glenbow Museum circa 1910

Alberta has a long history of producing the finest beef, and our feedlot operators are proud of the role they play in producing world-class quality. 

Alberta cattle feedlots

Photo credit Glenbow Museum “Start to Finish” circa 1953

In a previous post we explained who the ACFA is, and what we do. This week we’re going to share a short history of the Alberta feedlot industry and the birth of its association:

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