Alberta Farm Animal Care to Host Livestock Care 2022 Virtual Conference

Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) is hosting the annual Livestock Care Conference virtually from March 15-17, 2022. The conference is focused on emergency preparedness under the theme PREP (Plan, Respond, Assess, Progress). The conference will focus on livestock emergencies and will include presentations, workshops and panels with experts, producers and industry leaders on crisis planning and management. Registration will also include two Lunch n’ Learn sessions prior to the conference on March 8 and 10, 2022.

“While we hoped to introduce our new in-person format, we felt we needed to go back to virtual for one more year. In addition to Zoom, we added a few new platforms that allow us to provide a more engaging and interactive experience” , said Annemarie Pedersen, Executive Director of NWAC, “We are thrilled to welcome participants from across Canada and provide an opportunity to learn and engage with people from all sectors of the breeding.

The Livestock Care Conference (LCC) includes three days of interactive learning sessions covering a range of topics such as:

  • Biosecurity
  • Preparedness for illnesses
  • emergency response
  • Intrusion

The agenda will review the various aspects of PREP, beginning with a high-level overview of livestock emergency planning, preparedness and management by keynote speaker and President of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue , Rebecca Gimenez Husted.

“We started planning this conference last summer and had no idea what the year would bring,” Pedersen said. “If the extreme weather events we experienced last year have taught us anything, it’s the importance of emergency planning and preparedness.

Post-secondary students will once again have the chance to join the LCC Student Mentorship Program and participate in the unique “Meet the Experts” session on March 15, 2022. This exclusive event helps students network, understand the industry and join the rest of the conference.

“We are pleased to be able to offer agriculture students the opportunity to meet and learn from industry experts,” said Pedersen.

All sessions will be recorded and made available after the event for attendees who cannot watch live. To register for the 2022 Livestock Care Conference, please visit For more information about the conference and sponsorship opportunities, email [email protected]

Benjamin M. Yerger