NewStream Farm Animal Care, Volume 3, Edition 1
NewStream Top 10: Popular farm animal care stories last year
January 15, 2015
As we kick off our coverage of the farm animal care sector in 2015, here's a look back on some of the key stories that generated buzz and interest last year. They provide a collective window on many of the trends and developments driving change that will produce major ripples in the months ahead.
10. Vet community steps up animal welfare profile
As the world of farm animal care continues to evolve in the new landscape of sustainability, various interests both within and outside the veterinary community are looking at the role of veterinarians with a different language and a different perspective.
9. Calgary Stampede targets animal care leadership
Five insights as new initiatives in animal care for western events roll forward.
8. One producer's journey to next generation poultry housing
The challenges and rewards of building leading edge production systems.
7. Two-stage weaning reduces calf stress
Capturing 'win-win' benefits in an area where new knowledge and options are emerging.
6. Battle for the moral high ground
Looking at animal welfare through the lens of religion is controversial and can spark strong emotion. But it is an element of the debate that some activists are using and can't be ignored.
5. Verified Beef Program moves ahead on new modules
Progress on new biosecurity, animal care and environmental stewardship additions.
4. Crossing the finish line on the Pig Code
It's one thing to say industry needs an updated Pig Code. It's quite another to actually get that done.
3. Big changes in pressure from animal activists
Key indicators show the challenge to the livestock industry is increasing.
2. Will the market pay more for welfare?
High-tech webinar navigates the issue and what it means for farmers.
1. Piercing the veil on sustainability
It's a powerful word shaping the future. But what does it really mean for Canadian livestock production?
January 15, 2015
Quick takes on key activity and what's coming, from NewStream editors
Animal care takes spotlight at Banff Pork Seminar 2015
The animal care issue has been a lightning rod for debate across livestock sectors but arguably nowhere more than in the pork industry, where a new Code of practice, activist challenges and other developments have taken centre stage in recent years.
A leading opportunity to learn what's happening and participate in discussion on all the latest activity and challenges is the 2015 Banff Pork Seminar, running Jan. 20-22.
Veterinarian Dr. Egan Brockhoff presents on what the Code means for euthanasia and castration. Kase van Ittersum of New West Standard Equipment Inc. talks pen gestation conversions from his North American and international perspective. And Christian Blais of Isoporc and Gene-Alliance offers an additional perspective discussing the state of pen conversions in the province of Quebec.
More information and registration information on BPS 2015 is available at www.banffpork.ca. Read the Inside BPS Special Report featuring news prior to, during and following the 2015 Seminar at www.meristem.com.
AMI's new 'mythcrusher' video on sow stalls
The American Meat Institute is moving boldly ahead with new layers to the approach it started with "Behind the Glass Walls."
The latest step is a new 'mythcrusher' video on sow stalls.
The video, done in partnership with the American Meat Science Association, takes viewers on a tour of a sow housing operation to explain the complex humane handling considerations that go into choosing appropriate housing systems for pregnant sows. It points out that there is no single correct answer for all operations.
The video features Stacy Scramlin, Ph.D., assistant professor of animal science at South Dakota State University and Janet Riley, AMI senior vice president of public affairs and liaison to the Animal Welfare Committee, touring a modern, biosecure hog facility where visitors must shower when entering and exiting to ensure the health of the pigs.
This video and related materials are available at www.meatmythcrushers.com.
Mark calendars: Livestock Care Conference tackles hot button issues
There's no doubt animal care has become a high profile file across livestock industries that is playing a critical role in debates and decision-making.
One of the best places to get an overview of the latest trends and developments - and what they mean for industry - is the Livestock Care Conference (LCC), hosted by Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC).
Online registration is now open for LCC, with an early bird deadline of January 31, 2015. This year's conference runs Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27, 2015, at the Calgary Stampede Grounds.
Highlights of the agenda include a "Bear Pit" session discussing the hot topics in animal care and welfare, a featured talk on "Understanding animal welfare" by renowned expert Dr. David Fraser of the University of British Columbia, and a Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshop.
Full agenda and registration details are available here.