ABIC, Coalition Meetings and Feedlot Assessments — An Update from the Alberta Cattle Feeders' Association

Bryan Walton, CEO of the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, and general manager of the National Cattle Feeders’ Association, joins us for an update on cattle feeder news, including: the Alberta Beef Industry Conference, the agriculture coalition in Alberta, and a new feedlot assessment tool.

Alberta Beef Industry Conference

The Alberta Beef Industry Conference kicked off on Wednesday, with workshops surrounding markets, recruitment, equipment safety and low stress cattle handling. Thursday and Friday saw a long lineup of speakers, covering topics ranging from the role of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to “science-free health and nutrition advice” in popular culture.

“We’re very happy with [the conference],” said Bryan Walton, CEO of the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association (ACFA). “It was a full room — we have something like 560 individuals who came to hear our speakers.”

The conference also featured a new “Taste of Alberta” dinner event, with prime rib and locally brewed craft beer.

Alberta’s Agriculture Coalition

But besides the intense amount of work that goes into putting together a conference of this nature, the ACFA has also been actively involved in an agriculture coalition aimed at providing feedback to Alberta’s Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act.

Related: FarmTech ’16 — Sorting Out the Details of Bill 6 — Ag Minister Oneil Carlier
The Major Benefit of Bill 6 Legislation in Alberta

feeding silage calves“I think the major point that I would make is that this is about farm safety for all,” said Walton. “This isn’t about — and shouldn’t be about — labour relations, employment standards. It’s about farm safety — getting occupational health right for us and making sure we can get the job done.”

The next meeting for the group is scheduled for early March.

New Tool for Feedlot Health Assessments

In January, a new tool for auditing animal welfare in feedlots was given conditional approval, and earned Certified Audit status from the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO). And this week, it received final approval.

The Canadian Feedlot Animal Care Assessment Program was developed by the National Cattle Feeders’ Association (NCFA), to compliment the Canadian Beef Code or Practice.

The NCFA will now look to educate feedlot operators of the new expectations and criteria, and PAACO will look at opportunities to train certified feedlot auditors.

Leave a Reply


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Privacy Preference Center


Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.

gdpr, __cfduid, PHPSESSID, wordpress_test_cookie, woocommerce_items_in_cart, woocommerce_cart_hash, wp_woocommerce_session, wordpress_logged_in, wordpress_sec, wp-settings, wp-settings-time, __cf_mob_redir, wordpress_cache, realag


Measuring interactions with the ads on the domain.



These are used to track user interaction and detect potential problems. These help us improve our services by providing analytical data on how users use this site.



Preference cookies enable the website to remember information that changes the way the website behaves or looks, like your preferred language or the region that you are in.

chartdefaults, comment_author, comment_author_email, comment_author_url
JSESSIONID, _os_session,anonymous_votes,csrf-param,csrf-token,user,user-id,user-platform,intercom-session,intercom-lou,intercom-session
personalization_id, tfw_exp


Register for a RealAgriculture account to manage your Shortcut menu instead of the default.