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The Alberta SPCA Encourages Livestock Owners to Arrange for Winter Feed Now

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August 6, 2019

Hay, Secure Your Feed!
The Alberta SPCA Encourages Livestock Owners to Arrange for Winter Feed Now

The Alberta SPCA encourages livestock owners to make arrangements now for winter feed for their animals. This has been a tumultuous year for investigations of underfed livestock in Alberta, particularly for horses. With another year of challenging hay production before us, the Alberta SPCA urges animal owners to seek out and lock in feed immediately to ensure they have an adequate supply of high quality hay.

“Hay conditions have improved this summer thanks to all the moisture,” said Ken Dean, Director of Animal Protection Services for the Alberta SPCA. “However, the quality of the hay is still an unknown due to all the rain. Owners who wait until the fall or winter to look for high quality feed may find it difficult to buy, and those who do find it will have to pay a premium price.”

From last November to June, the Alberta SPCA initiated 402 investigations for neglected horses. A total of 233 horses were taken into protective custody. The Alberta SPCA has spent $187,000 in 2019 for the transportation and care of those animals. Most have since been rehomed.

Horses and other livestock require additional feed to stay warm during the winter. During a prolonged cold snap, animals will see their body condition deteriorate quickly without adequate nutrition. Once that happens, another increase in feed is required in order for the animals to return to an acceptable weight.

“We do not want to see a repeat of 2019 during the upcoming winter,” said Dan Kobe, Communications Manager for the Alberta SPCA. “Owners who do not secure feed now may be putting their animals at risk.”

“If livestock owners cannot afford to feed their animals, they will have to look at reducing their herd before winter arrives,“ added Ken Dean. “‘I can’t find feed,’ or ‘I can’t afford feed,’ are not acceptable excuses for starving your animals.”

Animal owners who allow their animals to be in distress due to a lack of food or water could face charges under the Animal Protection Act. If convicted, they could face a maximum fine of $20,000, and a lifetime prohibition from owning animals.

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With the world’s population soaring to 10 billion people, Robert Saik explores how farmers “might” be able to feed everyone

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Earth’s population will be close to 10 billion people by 2050.  So consider this line from Robert Saik’s “FOOD 5.0″…

“In order to feed the world, we have to grow 10,000 years’ worth of food in the next 30 years, which means farmers worldwide must increase their food production by 60 to 70%.”

If that doesn’t wake you up… probably nothing can.  How will farmers do it?  Even with today’s technology this it going to take an overwhelming international effort to avoid a mass-starvation.

His first book, “The Agriculture Manifesto – Ten Key Drivers That Will Shape Agriculture in the Next Decade” was a 2014 Best of Amazon Books and this TEDx Talk “Will Agriculture be Allowed to Feed 9 Billion People?” has been viewed over 150,000 times.

In a time where more and more people (in the first world) are demanding to know where their food is coming from and how food is being produced, “FOOD 5.0 How We Feed The Future” should be required reading.

Robert Saik in the Author Hour Podcast:

“Food 5.0, How We Feed the Future was written for an urban audience, more so than a farming audience. My mental image of who I wrote the book for was a 33-year-old mom in a city with some kids who is working and raising her kids.”

“We live in a time now where all the technologies are smashing together–they are converging on the farm to reshape the farm in ways that urban people just simply do not understand. It is happening at a breakneck pace and farms are far more sophisticated, far more advanced than people realize.”

” you’re going to realize and learn a lot about food production and a lot about marketing.”

In FOOD 5.0 How We Feed The Future, Robert Saik examines “how technology convergence is reshaping the farm and the consumer”.

Robert has been hailed as an agriculture futurist with unparalleled insight into where the industry is headed.  He’s worked with a variety of agriculturalists from Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture to Bill Gates.

He is the CEO of DOT Farm Solutions, which supports farmers adopting autonomous robotics in broad acre agriculture.  He’s also the founder of AG Viser Pro, a platform that Uber-izes knowledge and wisdom, enabling farmers to instantaneously connect with agriculture experts worldwide.

Robert is a passionate keynote speaker and is executive producer of the Know Ideas Media a science based multi-media company addressing issues such as GMO’s and their use in food production.  (Know Ideas Media is a partner in Todayville.com/Agriculture)

He serves on several Boards, is an advisor to Olds College, is a member of the A100 (Alberta Tech Entrepreneur Network), a student of Strategic Coach and Singularity University and a member of Abundance 360.  As a partner in Perigro Venture Partners he participates in early stage technology investments.

He been recognized for agriculture leadership by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (Provincial Distinguished Agrologist of the Year) and in 2016 was awarded Canadian Agri-Marketer of the Year by the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association.

Here’s a story produced by Todayville on Robert’s visit to Seattle to brief Bill Gates.

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