The livestock farming operations within Red Deer County are extremely diverse in size, focus and management. According to the 2016 Census of Agriculture Red Deer County is home to over 136,000 head of cattle, 5,300 sheep, 52,000 pigs and 3,600 horses, plus numerous other livestock including goats, lamas, elk and bison to name a few.
Agriculture Services is available to support local farmers and ranchers with different areas of their livestock management.
Red Deer County operates within the terms of the Animal Health Act.
Along with proper grazing management, adequate rest after grazing and grazing during the correct time of year, appropriate stocking rates are critical for sustained pasture productivity. The optimum number of animals on a pasture makes efficient use of the forage and still leaves enough forage behind to allow a quick and complete recovery.
No matter what type of livestock is owned there is an environmental responsibility associated with that ownership. For more information on stocking rates and management practices, refer to Alberta Agriculture & Forestry. Available information includes:
There are numerous producer groups and livestock organizations which can also be great resources with becoming more familiar with the challenges and solutions to environmental concerns.
Red Deer County's livestock response unit is the first unit of its kind in Alberta. The response unit is stocked with equipment and supplies to assist in the containment, movement and management of livestock in emergency or disaster situations.
Visit our Protective Services - Technical Rescue Task Force page for more information.
Ladies Livestock Lessons is a hands' on learning and networking event for ranching women featuring seminars, guest speakers, and specific information for ranching operations. The Ranching Opportunities Conference is a one day seminar with the goal of providing producers and students with up to date information to help them with their ranching operation.
Red Deer County residents are eligible for the Agricultural Sponsorship Training Rebate - see the Education and Awareness page for rebate information.
Red Deer County residents who wish to harvest hay from Red Deer County roadsides must submit a request form to Agriculture Services by May 15 each year. Please note that grazing is not permitted in Red Deer County roadsides.
Program requirements include:
Red Deer County Agricultural Services assists landowners and producers with livestock management issues by: