Calgary (Rural Roots Canada) – The organization behind the ALERT line, Livestock Emergency Trailers and many different programs and initiatives to support livestock health and wellness in Alberta is no more.

The board of directors of the Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) issued a public notice on Friday saying they made the hard decision to cease operations after enduring several setbacks in recent months and a lack of government funding.

The member based organization says they had spent much time exploring and exhausting different funding sources, but could not find a solution.

In the statement, they admit this was not the conclusion they wished to see happen but felt this was the most responsible action.

“We are saddened to see our organization come to an end, but we are proud of the work AFAC and its staff have done over the years,” the board said in the statement.

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Livestock producers formed AFAC in 1993 with the mission to promote best practices in care and handling, by working collaboratively towards continual improvement in responsible livestock care, and engaging the public to build trust through transparency.

Alberta Farm Animal Care
Dr. Temple Grandin speaking at the Livestock Care Conference in 2018

The organization hosted an annual event called the Livestock Care Conference, which brought many speakers and experts to the province, including renowned animal care experts Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Rebecca Husted.

The board says they are working with their partners and other organizations to transfer responsibility for some of the crucial programs to other organizations.

It was common to see AFAC booths at events like Calgary Stampede, Aggie Days, Amazing Ag, Classroom Agriculture Program, Open Farm Days, educating the public about the humane animal care and welfare practices.

The board is expressing its gratitude to staff, contractors, members and supporters for their engagement and participation.

To read the full statement, click here.


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