Media Advisory:: Olds College and Beef Cattle Research Council Partner on Webinar Viewings
December 7, 2017, Olds, Alberta – Working with the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC), the Technology Access Centre (TAC) at Olds College is hosting a series of webinar viewing nights. Producers from the region and students are invited to join the free sessions to learn about the latest beef cattle research and how they can apply it to their own operation. The viewings will allow producers with less than ideal technology and internet at home to participate in the webinar.
The series is designed as a vehicle to bring new information to producers across the nation. Olds College is opening up these free sessions to help ensure that our local producers have access to the most up to date information from cattle industry experts.
Olds College will present the drop-in webinar viewing series in 2018, with the viewing events being held monthly at the College. Future webinars include:
Preventing Reproductive Wrecks – January 23, 2018 with Dr. Cheryl Waldner, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
Learn about management practices to increase and maintain high pregnancy rates in your herd, with information on everything from mineral intake to disease management.
Canada’s Beef Quality Audit: What Have We Learned? – February 7, 2018 with Mark Klassen, Director of Technical Services, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
The latest beef quality audit gives insight into the meat products consumers choose at the grocery store, while revealing the quality of beef carcasses being processed at Canadian packers. Learn the latest National Beef Quality Audit results, and what beef producers can do to prevent costly carcass defects.
Soil Health for Growing Forages – February 20, 2018 with Dr. Henry Janzen, Research Scientist, Agriculture Agri-Food Canada
Producers are keen to promote soil health in their farmlands, but defining what that means and how to achieve it is not always easy. Learn more about what soil health means, the role of soil organic matter in advancing soil health, and the importance of perennial forage systems in improving health.
Getting the Most out of Your Corn Silage – March 28, 2018 with Dr. Karen Beauchemin, Research Scientist in Ruminant Nutrition Agriculture Agri-Food Canada
Media RSVP’s or inquiries are asked to contact Randy Butler, Communications Coordinator at email@example.com or 403-507-7717.
Current ACFA projects and initiatives:
- Feedlot Emergency Preparedness Plan
The Guidelines for this plan 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.
ACFA Feedlot Guidelines FINAL – Fillable Form
ACFA Plan FINAL – Fillable Form
- National Beef Code of Practice
The National Farm Animal Care (NFACC) is a Canadian organization dedicated to promoting best practices in the health and welfare of farm animals. NFACC accomplished its mission by defining standards of care and developing codes of practice for all of Canada’s various livestock sectors. The new National Beef Code of Practice was released by NFACC in 2014. ACFA representatives actively participated in the various NFACC committees that developed the code.
- Feedlot Animal Care Assessment Program
NCFA has developed a fully auditable Feedlot Animal Care Assessment program that is certified by the American Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) and recognized by the National Farm Animal Care Council. This code of practice — a companion document to the Beef Code — is specific to the handling and care of beef cattle on Canadian feedlots and the result of a collaborative effort by feedlot operators, packers (welfare experts from those plants were involved in program development), retail customers, veterinarians, ethologists, animal scientists, and the SPCA. Cargill, JBS, and Tyson were integral to the development of the feedlot audit. For detailed information on the program click here.
- Canadian Livestock Transport Certification Program
ACFA led the development of CLT, a training and certification program, for those working in the livestock transportation industry. Through online training and modules, people can learn the skills needed to safely transport Canadian livestock — from techniques for low-stress animal handling to specialized driving practices.
- Development of a new Histophilosis vaccine
Histophilosis Somni is an infectious disease that affects the respiratory system of cattle. Like many viral infections, histophilosis can bee effectively controlled and combated through a vaccination regimen. At the same time, the virus causing the infection is quite capable of mutating, rendering some vaccination regimens ineffective. ACFA has initiated a project at the University of Saskatchewan School of Veterinary Medicine to develop a new histophilosis vaccine. The project is being funded by ACFA, the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA), and through industry support.
- Forage and feed grain research
ACFA supports a number of ongoing research and development initiatives designed to improve both the productivity and quality of forage and feed grains needed to raise healthy beef cattle and grow the productivity and profitability of the cattle industry. To support this work, ACFA contributes funding to the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC), which identifies opportunities, organizes the research resources and infrastructure, and leverages ACFA funding with other sources.
- ACFA Symposium: Reducing the Risk of Bovine Cysticercosis
Feedlot owners and operators, academics, government officials, and potato producers and processors were all on hand at a symposium sponsored by the ACFA. The symposium, a day-long event held in Coaldale in May 2014, was designed to share information on Bovine Cysticercosis in feedlot cattle and discuss ways to reduce the risk of infection. CLICK HERE for full information.