February 2013

Confined Feeding Operations (CFO) Extension Specialists with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) provide technical expertise to livestock producers, consultants, municipalities, and other interested parties. CFO extension services ensure Alberta’s livestock industry grows in a competitively and environmentally sustainable manner. Working in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB), Approval Officers and Inspectors, ARD CFO Extension Specialists provide clients with information and tools to support the NRCB application process. They also provide clients information on the regulatory requirements of the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA) and other relevant legislation.

What services are available?
Extension services are available to anyone requiring information about the technical requirements and application process for existing, new and expanding CFOs in Alberta. For producers and their consultants, additional services will be provided specific to the application process.


A national competition, to be held outside of Quebec for the first time, is being held in Alberta in September. The Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC), is being hosted by the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) and its partners from September 13 to 15, 2013.
“The AEF is very pleased to partner with Rocky Mountain Show Jumping and the Okotoks Agricultural Society,” says Tara Gamble, president of the AEF Board of Directors. “They have agreed to be the host locations for this Canadian event, and the national teams will find their facilities and services to be top notch.”


CFIA Lifts All Import Restrictions

By Equine Canada


Ottawa, Ontario, February 6, 2013 --- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that the Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) outbreak in New Mexico has been resolved, and that all restrictions governing horses entering Canada from that state have been lifted.
VS was detected in two New Mexico horses on April 20, 2012. These cases were the first confirmed diagnosis of active VS in the United States since 2010. Additional VS diagnoses were made in the state of Colorado in October 2012.
In the wake of the initial detection, the CFIA took immediate action to safeguard Canada against an outbreak of VS. Therefore, import and export restrictions were implemented in regards to horses entering Canada from the state of New Mexico, and the return of Canadian horses who were in New Mexico at the time of the outbreak, or thereafter. Similar restrictions were later enforced concerning the state of Colorado, but were lifted in October 2012 once the outbreak was resolved.



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