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February 9, 2011:
With the February 28 deadline just weeks away for Alberta livestock producers to insure pasture and hay land this year, the dramatic turn around in soil moisture that surprised farmers across much of the province last spring has many wondering what kind of growing season lies ahead in 2011. For more details about the Cattle Price Insurance Program or Perennial Insurance for hay and pasture, producers can contact their nearest AFSC office or phone the AFSC Call Centre at 1-877-899-2372 before the February 28 Perennial Insurance deadline.

October 26, 2010:
It is with great regret that the Alberta Goat Breeders Association, in partnership with Northlands and Farmfair International, has decided to cancel the 2010 Goats West Conference and Junior Goat Show due to exceedingly low registration numbers for the conference. All registration fees, if already processed, will be fully refunded. Any fees not yet processed, will not be processed. NOTE: please remember to cancel your hotel reservations! For more information, please contact AGBA

June 29, 2010:
Do you operate a small-scale farm?  Have your say! The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council is researching the labour needs on farms with less than $100,000 in gross receipts. Your responses will be used to better understand employment needs of smaller farms and will ensure that operations from Alberta are represented in the research. Go to or call CAHRC at 1-866-430-7457 ext. 228 to complete the survey by phone. All respondents can enter for a chance to win $100. About CAHRC: The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) was created to address human resource issues facing agricultural businesses across Canada. CAHRC works with industry leaders, governments, and education stakeholders to research, develop and communicate solutions to the challenges in agriculture employment and skills development.

June 25, 2010:
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, the CFA is holding a photo contest as well as an agricultural awards banquet to showcase the work of producers and farm groups who strive to raise awareness and foster growth of agriculture in Canada. Deadline for photos and awards is September 10. For more information, please visit the CFA website.

May 31, 2010:
Pasture Recovery Initiative for Eligible Livestock Producers
Livestock producers in eligible counties and municipal districts in Alberta and Saskatchewan will receive funding from federal and provincial governments under the Pasture Recovery Initiative to buy feed while damaged pastures recover from the dry conditions. Under this program, a total of $114 million dollars is available to eligible livestock producers, in the form of per head payments for eligible breeding stock. The rate for goats (breeding livestock) is $10 per head. Only certain areas of the province qualify.Click the link below for further information.
Pasture Recovery Initiative

March 6, 2010:
An AGBA seminar was held Saturday, March 6 at Lethbridge, Alberta. "Goat Information Day" featured speakers on a these topics: selecting and breeding dairy goats for optimal type and production; probiotics and prebiotics: what are they and how can they help your goats; and basic principles of herd health and management for goats. Watch for a report on the event in the weeks to come.

February 10, 2010:
Masterfeeds in Didsbury has joined AGBA's Merchant Partner Program. VIEW

January 10, 2010:
AGBA has been asked by the Alberta Chief Veterinarian's Office to help spread the word, to its members who also have cattle, about changes to the BSE surveillance program for cattle. VIEW

September 8, 2009:
Sunterra Meats is still interested in buying goats from producers. Phone 1-800-363-6602. Sunterra has increased its weight preference to around 85 to 100 lbs. Animals must be 12 months or younger. They are WILLING to take BUCKS, weathers, and does. No Culls. No Miniatures or Exotic Breeds.

May 13, 2009:
A collaborative project between the Alberta Goat Breeders Association and Alberta Lamb Producers, funded by the Diversified Livestock Fund of Alberta, has produced three comprehensive modules on the topics of reproduction, nutrition, and health of sheep and goats in Alberta. The second, "HEALTH" is now available on the AGBA website. VIEW

April 11, 2009:
The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency is currently seeking to fill the position of Chief Executive Officer. VIEW 

March 27, 2009:
A collaborative project between the Alberta Goat Breeders Association and Alberta Lamb Producers, funded by the Diversified Livestock Fund of Alberta, has produced three comprehensive modules on the topics of reproduction, nutrition, and health of sheep and goats in Alberta. The first, "Reproduction" is now available on the AGBA website. VIEW 

February 20, 2009:
The Canadian National Goat Federation will be hosting informational meetings across Canada during the month of March 2009. The intent of these meetings is to inform goat producers about the national identification and traceability program. Meetings in Alberta are being held March 16 in Grande Prairie, March 17 in Leduc,  and March 19 in both Airdrie and Lethbridge, Alberta. VIEW

February 11, 2009:
AGBA director, Tamara Taylor, and her family operate Ravenwood Farm Fresh Meats, and today won a Best Practices Farm Award. Winners are determined based on their application and business plan for an outstanding idea that will expand, add value or improve the sustainability of their existing farm business. VIEW

February 9, 2009:
A reminder that Premises Identification applies to all livestock and poultry in the province of Alberta, effective January 1, 2009. VIEW

February 4, 2009:
AGBA vice president Myrna Coombs has been appointed to the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency advisory committee for diversified livestock. VIEW

February 1, 2009:
The deadline for completing the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA)  scrapie surveillance program survey has been extended to February 16. The survey is available online VIEW

February 1, 2009:
Sunterra Meats, a federally inspected processing plant located in Innisfail, Alberta, has been working with an AGBA director recently for the benefit of goat producers and the company. Beginning February 19, they would like to start handling Alberta meat goats and would like to have 50 head booked in for that date, and at least once a month after that. Wethers, bucklings, and doelings will be accepted at weights of 75 lbs and up, maximum age is 12 months. Healthy animals only; NO culls. NO miniature or myotonic goats. If you have goats to book in, please call Randy Smith, Procurement Manager, at 1-800-363-6602. You will be asked to leave a message with your name, phone number, and the number of goats you have available and when they will be available. Randy will reply to your message. If you just want more general information about this opportunity, or have any questions, worries, or concerns, please contact AGBA director Maureen Lewis at  or 403-443-2874.

February 1, 2009:
The registry system for Boer Goats in Canada is currently in the process of being transferred to the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation (CLRC). For the year 2009, both the tattoo letters, "V" and "W" will be acceptable for registering purebred and percentage Boer goats with the Canadian Meat Goat Association. For breeders who have already begun tattooing their 2009 kids, either letter will be acceptable. Whichever letter has been used, this letter MUST be used to tattoo ALL remaining kids for this year (eg. if you started tattooing with a "V" - use "V" for the rest of this year, if you started tattooing with "W" - use "W" for the rest of this year). For breeders who have not yet tattooed 2009 kids, we recommend that you use the letter "W" (as there is less likelihood of confusing a "V" with a "Y" in future years).Starting in 2010, CMGA will follow the CLRC tattoo lettering system: 2010 - X, 2011 - Y, 2012 - Z. VIEW

January 1, 2009:
The tattoo letter for 2009 for dairy breeds, angoras and pygmy goats in Canada, registered by CLRC through the Canadian Goat Society is "W". VIEW 

January 1, 2009:
The Alberta Premises Identification Program (PID) comes into force January 1, 2009 and states "No owner of a recordable animal shall breed, keep, raise, display, assemble or dispose of the recordable animal unless that owner has a premises identification account." That includes goats. Producers are advised to submit an application form for a PID number before December 31, 2008. Contact the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276) or your nearest hub office or visit the website for an application form. VIEW

January 1, 2009:
On January 1, 2009, Alberta's new Animal Health Act (AHA) will be proclaimed. The AHA replaces the Livestock Diseases Act and seeks to facilitate a rapid and effective response to an animal disease occurrence by authorizing control measures against disease spread, animal disease surveillance, traceability, carcass disposal provisions, livestock market inspection and licensing, and control of the sale of production animal medicines. Three new regulations will also come into effect: Reportable and Notifiable Diseases Regulation; Traceability Premises Identification Regulation; and Traceability Livestock Identification Regulation. VIEW

October 21, 2008:
Alberta Farm Recovery Plan II - Goat producers are included for AFRP II but there are some conditions in order to be eligible. For example, to be eligible for an AFRP II payment, you must have been actively farming in Alberta in 2006 and 2007, and have livestock production in 2006. Alberta Premise ID is mandatory for AFRP II. Application deadline is Dec. 31, 2008. Contact AFSC toll-free at 1-877-744-7900 or visit the AFSC website. VIEW

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