In the Community
The Livestock Marketers of Saskatchewan (LMS) has undertaken a number of projects over the past decade with the goal of educating our members, promoting the safe handling of livestock and encouraging interest careers in the livestock sector. A Decade in Review gives an overview of these activities. In addition to our projects and member-outreach initiatives we work to build relationships with others in the provincial livestock industry, monitor legislative issues and maintain regular communication with representatives of the government, academia and industry. We work to improve the climate of business for our members and have hosted numerous workshops to help accomplish this.
LMS developed a training manual, Livestock Handling Practices for Marketing Center Staff, and corresponding DVD which is thought to be the only one of its kind in Canada. These tools are used to educate livestock handlers on appropriate animal handling techniques in an auction market setting, enhancing both animal and handler safety.
The Careers in the Cattle Sector project was developed in partnership with the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association and spanned three years and multiple events. Check out the gallery below for more information on these activities.
The CattleSafe Saskatchewan project is currently underway. The CattleSafe Saskatchewan program covers a need identified by our members in auction marts and assembly yards to foster a safe work environment for their employees. The goal is to create an educational and practical safety program to aid in the reduction of workplace injuries and incidents and address the need for training due diligence for staff of livestock facilities. The CattleSafe program focuses on building workplace culture, identifying hazards, developing safe practices, and improving the training and supervision of workers who move and manage cattle. Through our research we have discovered that safety management systems must be detailed enough to be of value and address an employers due diligence, while remaining simple enough for staff to embrace and integrate in daily routines on site. The CattleSafe Saskatchewan Program promises to be flexible enough to serve employers of various sizes and compositions.
We are currently in the development phase and are working to secure funding for a series of educational workshops and manuals to help owners/operators implement the CattleSafe Saskatchewan program in their businesses. Stay tuned for updates!