The Alberta Livestock Expo returns to the fairgrounds, with the goal of connecting industry stakeholders to one another while showcasing new industry innovations and technologies.
The supplier’s range of on-site services, from animal feed companies to veterinary services and animal husbandry equipment.
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“Every year I am amazed at how much we are improving on different fronts, from genetics, new medicine, new vaccination for animals,” said Javier Bahamon of Alberta Pork, adding that he was impressed by how far technological advances had come.
“We can practically measure every aspect of our products in our smartphones,” he said.
“These technologies will change the world in a big way. It’s changing our industry right now, actually.
But despite these positive advances, producers continue to face difficult economic challenges.
Bahamon said while pork prices are up about $13 in the third quarter of 2022 compared to 2021, production costs are also higher.
“Right now we are obviously still (dealed with) high feed prices, although we are still trying to combat that,” Bahamon explained. “We hope the new crop will help on that front, but obviously inflation and other big economic issues happening around the world are also affecting our growers.”
With growers adapting their operations along the way.
“Financial viability is a key part of this whole puzzle,” said Jeremiah Lechman of J&R. “What we’re seeing right now is a shift in how producers see how they raise their animals.
“Are they interested in bioproducts? Are they looking for different technologies? Whether it’s feeding systems or even other things such as how they build their diet.
According to organizers, about 75 exhibitors from Canada and the United States are on hand for the annual event, which takes place Wednesday and Thursday in Lethbridge.
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