Environment & Animal Care

Code of Practice For Care and Handling of Beef Cattle

The ABP supports responsible animal care and handling. The booklet "Recommended code of practice for the care and handling of farm animals: Beef cattle edition" outlines the key elements of all aspects of animal care and handling throughout the beef industry chain of production. Copies of the booklet are available free of charge by contacting the ABP office abpfeedback@albertabeef.org or you can download it here.

Alberta Farm Animal Care put together a great video on the difference between animal rights and animal welfare with Dr. Clover Bench, a professor at the University of Alberta, and Doug Sawyer and Greg Bowie, beef producers in Alberta.

Beneficial Management Practices

Environmental Manual for Alberta Cow/Calf Producers Developed through the cooperation of industry, government and interested stakeholders to create greater awareness and understanding of beneficial environmental management practices, this publication is based on the best available research and years of experience.

The guidelines are intended to provide a range of management options for cow/calf producers of various sizes and types. The operations dealt with in this manual relate only to cow/calf production and do not include other operations, such as backgrounding, that a cow/calf producer may participate in. Operators that are managing animals under other more intensive operations should refer to the Beneficial Management Practices: Environmental Manual for Feedlots in Alberta.

Beneficial Management Practices: Environmental Manual for Alberta Cow/Calf Producers was developed in partnership with Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) and Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development and is available free of charge to all Alberta cattle producers. Call ABP at (403) 275-4400 or email us to receive a copy.

Post and Predator Management

A document has been prepared by ABP to provide reference information to deal with pests and predators. Pest and Predator Control

Grazing Drought Management

The severity of drought conditions, particularly in Southern Alberta, will affect grazing options for livestock producers. Three fact sheets will provide landowners with information on rangeland health and litter reserves.

Thank you to Public Lands Branch, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development for permission to post these factsheets.

Term care Agreement for Livestock

During times of feed shortages, labour shortages, etc., some producers will enter into agreements for the off-farm care of their livestock. Many of these agreements are made with little or no legal documentation to protect both parties in the event of a disagreement. To assist producers, the Alberta Farm Animal Care Association has developed a Term Care Agreement template producers can use to protect their investments.

Environmental Stewardship

Alberta beef producers are committed to producing beef in an environmentally sustainable manner. Through the Alberta Beef Producers (ABP), they support policies, programs and educational efforts that uphold this vision. They also formally recognize beef producers who have incorporated environmental protection into their management strategies.

Environmental Stewardship Award

Environmental Stewardship Award highlight video - 2012

The Environmental Stewardship Award is presented annually to the beef producer who best exemplifies environmentally sustainable cattle production. Alberta cattle producers nominate the best of their peers for this award, which has become one of the most prestigious in the industry. Nominations close July 15 each year. A panel of representatives from conservation and agriculture assess the candidates, examining the stewardship goals and activities of the nominees including land management, water quality, wildlife, animal welfare and leadership activities in the community related to stewardship. The winner is announced at the ABP annual meeting each year.

2019 Environmental Stewardship Award nomination form

2018 Environmental Stewardship Award Winner - Shoestring Ranch

Ian is a fifth-generation Alberta rancher whose family originally homesteaded in 1883, west of Calgary in the Jumping Pound District. In 2007, Ian and Carman moved from north of Cochrane to Shoestring Ranch near Acme, AB. The cow calf and crop operation runs 180 pairs and retains calves for a natural beef program.

“I feel my connection to the land, water, air is really strong and getting stronger as I progress throughout my career,” said Ian.

They began shifting the environmental focus of the ranch through pasture management, but once they switched to focus more on the soil, everything came together. The ranch practices minimum tillage when seeding crops to keep residue anchored in the soil and protect the structure to prevent erosion. See More