2010 News Archive

Effective January 31, 2010, equine owners intending to sell animals directly or indirectly to Canadian meat processors, are being advised to record certain information. Those who wish to keep their sale options open should record all vaccines and medications given to their animals and record any occurrences of illness. As of July 31, 2010, it will be mandatory for all federally-inspected equine processing facilities to have complete records dating back six months for all domestic and imported animals. In order to help owners collect all of the necessary information, the CFIA is launching a new Equine Information Document (EID). The EID is the first step in the development of a comprehensive food safety and traceability program for the Canadian equine industry. The document will require an owner-signed declaration to verify the accuracy of the information. For the latest on identifying and recording health information for your equine, please visit www.inspection.gc.ca or call 1-800-442-2342.

Since the launch of the new Alberta Stables Initiative just one month ago, there has been considerable and consistent interest from stable owners. The web site, although still in the development phase, is up and running. Check it out at www.findalbertastables.ca
The Alberta Stables Initiative, and its participant stables, will be promoted at numerous events throughout the course of the coming year. Early 2010 events include the Acreage Lifestyle Show March 20-21 at Stampede Park,the Mane Event April 23-25 in Red Deer and The National at Spruce Meadows June 11-13. Stable owners are invited to volunteer in the booth and assist with answering questions pertaining to boarding facilities, lessons, horse care, etc, or just drop by for a visit.

During the upcoming Horses 101 Seminar at Stampede Park, the Alberta Stables Initiative will be presented as a resource for current and potential horse enthusiasts to use in their search for stabling, lessons, training and horse leasing or ownership.

If you are interested in volunteering at an upcoming event or would like more information about the initiative, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Coordinator.

A number of welfare related projects are scheduled for 2010, delivered by the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (HWAC). HWAC partners include all provincial horse councils, NAERIC, all provincial farm animal care groups, Canadian Quarter Horse Assoc., Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Bouvry Exports, SSPCA, J. Woods Livestock Services and Agri Food & Agri Canada.

The purpose of HWAC is to:

  1. Support the existing education programs of each of its partners.
  2. Promote humane handling of horses throughout all of their life stages.
  3. Inform its constituents and partners of matters and issues related to the welfare of the horse population.
  4. Enhance public awareness of matters and issues relating to the welfare of the horse and the horse industry.
  5. Strive to network with other organizations who might assist the Alliance in the achievement of its purpose and objectives.



The Winter 2010 One Health Newsletter reports the concurrent development of novel West Nile vaccines for humans and equids. The use of a common platform for concurrent development of innovative veterinary and human vaccines against the same pathogen, meeting the needs for control of the same emerging threat to humans, appears to be unprecedented.
For the complete story, see Page 2 of the One Health newsletter.

Friday, January 15 in Red Deer was the 4th annual Stable Owners Seminar presented by the Horse Industry Association of Alberta. This complimentary afternoon of education was developed specifically for the stable industry and is offered as part of the Alberta Stables Initiative. This year, 150 delegates attended the four sessions.



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