Feds fund AFAC welfare surveillance

Alberta Farm Animal Care designed to ensure good health, proper standards

The federal government has announced funding of $268,000 to Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) to help ensure that cattle arriving at auctions and abattoirs are in good health and meet the standards required for processing.

The announcement was made in Okotoks by Macleod MP John Barlow on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

“This project is focused on determining where we are at with our cattle transport protocols, identifying risk factors that may affect animals during transport, and communicating effectively with stakeholders across the cattle value chain, AFAC executive director Angela Greter said in a government release.

The funding comes from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriMarketing Program, which is a five-year, up to $341 million initiative under the Growing Forward 2 policy framework.

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