This class will be a lecture- and discussion-based experience dealing with current issues around animal agriculture in Alberta. Technical material will only be presented when it is necessary to provide learners the tools to understand issues. Special topics to be discussed will include: genetic progress, animal welfare, niche market products, high-tech equipment, backyard chickens, steroid hormones, supply management and much more. This edition will feature synchronous online conversations/virtual tours with 11 Alberta animal and poultry producers.
Frank Robinson has been a professor of poultry production and physiology at the University of Alberta since 1986. For over 30 years, Frank was very active in researching reproductive efficiency of female broiler breeders. He has taught in the area of poultry science and general animal agriculture with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. He was inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2006 and is a 3M National Teaching Fellow.