In September, three representatives from Egg Farmers of Alberta, Jenna Griffin, Christina Robinson and Beatrice Visser, attended the International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level in Ede, Netherlands. We also had the opportunity to visit two farms while in the Netherlands.
Our goals for attending the conference were to learn about outcome based welfare measures in order to support improved on farm animal care programs and farmer education.. This is especially important as we work to provide valuable input into the development of an updated National Animal Care Program.
We also went with the goal to learn about management practices and tools used in the Netherlands that can help Alberta’s egg farmers transitioning to alternative housing systems address animal care and production issues. Over the next few issues of Eggnotes, we will be sharing some of what we learned in the Netherlands.