Olds College is now a Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) beef operation.
“As a post-secondary institution focused on agriculture, it is important for Olds College to raise our livestock using sustainable methods that support healthy animals, have minimal environmental impacts and offer transparency to the consumer,” said Stuart Cullum, Olds College president, in a release. “We are very proud that our practices meet the standard to be recognized as a Verified Beef Production Plus and CRSB Certified Operation.”
The VBP+ certification allows Olds College to participate in beef supply chains that source from certified operations. The college has a 500-head capacity feedlot and a 160-head cow-calf herd. Those operations support the college’s National Meat Training Centre and on-campus retail store. The college’s Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production also contributes research and development services to the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.