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(L to R) RJ Sirgurdson, MLA Highwood; Evan Hegedys, Rimrock Feeders; Dr. Calvin Booker, Feedlot Health Management Services (FHMS); Roger Reid, MLA Livingstone-Macleod; Peter Gutherie, MLA Airdrie-Cochrane; and Dr. Kee Jim, FHMS
October 20, 2021 Checking in with ABP

ACFA connects with government and community at Summer Tour Series

No doubt 2020 saw some changes in how we, as farmers and agricultural organizations, were able to interact with our local government. Usually, we would gather at a dinner, at meetings, or on our farms to celebrate those accomplishments, and discuss further visions and goals for our dynamic Alberta beef industry. Last year, in lieu of these events, we donated 8000 lb of Alberta beef to the provincial food bank on behalf of the MLAs and elected officials.

This year, we are happy to be back in the community, interacting with our members and our government. Recently, we hosted a Summer Tour and BBQ Series hosting MLAs, MPs, and Ministers on feedlots across Alberta. 

Hosting over 30 MLAs and MPs, we received great feedback as our officials were happy to see the innovative beef industry for themselves and to meet the producers working to ensure the industry’s success. Attendees toured state-of-the-art feedlots and learned about advancements in technology, sustainability, and animal care. 

MLA Peter Guthrie:

“Thank you to Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association – ACFA for organizing a feedlot tour to learn more about the state-of-the-art operations at Rimrock Feeders.

“As a former rancher, it was a true pleasure to see the incredible advancements within the agriculture industry. From Rimrock’s research pens to the use of roller compacted concrete (RCC), to the prospective use of biodigesters for manure, it is not surprising that Rimrock Feeders has become one of the leading-edge innovators in the agriculture sector here in Alberta.”

This article was first published in the September 2021 edition of ABP Magazine. Watch for more digital content from the magazine on ABP Daily.

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Megan Madden
Megan grew up on a ranch in northern Saskatchewan and attended the University of Saskatchewan, and later, Mount Royal University in Calgary. From crop protection to beef to precision ag technology, Megan has worked in a range of sectors within the ag industry. Currently, she manages communications and public relations for the Alberta and National Cattle Feeders' Associations. Megan lives in the mountains with her 2 rescue dogs where she spends her free time doing sports that are far too dangerous for her while traveling the world and completing her sommelier studies.

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