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 1 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.

2018 Environmental Stewardship Award nomination form

2017 Environmental Stewardship Award Winner - Winding Creek Ranch

Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) presented Tom Thompson and Winding Creek Ranch with the 2017 Environmental Stewardship Award in December at the Annual General Meeting. Each year, ABP recognizes an operation that demonstrates leadership in environmental stewardship – one that contributes to the land while improving productivity and profitability.

Tom Thompson grew up in farming and agriculture, but it wasn’t until the property across from his parents’ land became available in 1984 that he decided to build a career and a life in ranching. Today, Winding Creek Ranch is a cow calf operation that rotationally grazes 500 acres, with 700 acres of hay crops. See More