General Information for All Users

W.A. Ranches Access

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Health, Safety, and Protocols

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Laboratory, Office, and Meeting Spaces

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Site Specific Instrumentation and Data

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W.A. Ranches Access

Ranch access requires approval by ranch management.

For research, academic, and outreach opportunities at the ranch, please contact the ranch director, Dr. Ed Pajor.

More information for conducting research at W.A. Ranches

For other requests, please contact Shane Royal, the Director of Ancillary Services at sroyal@ucalgary.ca

All Visitors are required to check in/out with their designated ranch contact daily and to comply with all biosecurity requirements

COVID 19 Response

COVID Guidelines

  • COVID 19 Waivers are required for non-UCalgary visitors – see COVID Guidelines
  • Please review UCalgary’s authorized ranch access information
  • It is the responsibility of the visiting group’s leader to ensure that all members have completed the necessary training and forms for their group access
    • All groups will be required to have an in-person safety orientation delivered by the designated Ranch Representative upon arriving the ranch.
    • If anyone has any medical conditions such as allergies that the Ranch Representative may need to be aware of, let them know upon arrival.
    • Emergency Procedures for W.A. Ranches
    • W.A. Ranches Injury Procedure
  • All research, academic, outreach, and other visitors to the ranch, whether UCalgary or external, are required to sign a completed hazard assessment for their visit. The signed copy must be submitted and stored securely in the appropriate location. There are general safety orientations for all visitors, and the type of hazard assessment documentation depends on the type of visitor:
    • All Ranch Visitors
      • General ranch safety orientation will be e-mailed prior to arrival
      • Site-specific safety orientation upon arrival (specific to the details and location of visit)
    • UCalgary Researchers and Academic Visitors
      • Field Level Hazard Assessment (FLHA) and Field Communication Plan
      • General Ranch and Site/Activity Specific Orientation Sign off- All UCalgary employees are required to sign off upon review of material. Instructors can sign on behalf of their class, with the expectation that materials are reviewed with those participating in the ranch visit
    • Non-UCalgary Visitors
      • Ranch Access Waivers (coordinated by your Ranch Representative and available for review from UCalgary’s authorized ranch access information)
      • General Ranch and Site/Activity Specific Orientation Sign off - Host will be sent general ranch safety orientation material and requested to review with attendees prior to visiting the ranch. Host will be required to sign-off on behalf of participants after receiving the site-specific orientation. Signatures from all participants are not required at this time.
  • Please have all willing members of your group complete the adult or child photo/video consent form which allows W.A. Ranches and the University of Calgary to use photos where your work may be present. Please consider sharing your photos with us for use in our social media, newsletters, and other communications.

 

  • W.A. Ranches has 4 main sites:
    • Cochrane Home
    • Cochrane North
    • Cochrane East
    • Lease Sites
  • Most sites are gated, requiring passcode or key access. Coordinate access with your designated Ranch Representative and follow biosecurity procedures
  • The main ranch office address is: 274237 Range Road 34, Rocky View County
  • There is no public transport to the ranch, and some sites may require remote access.
  • If pasture access is required please note that pastures are not open to outside vehicles. Access is limited to approval by ranch management, and pastures are only accessible by foot or use of the ranch UTV by trained and authorized users only.
  • For safety, please be aware of
  • Cellular network coverage at ranch sites may not be available
  • The ranch currently does not provide accommodations or food
  • Towns with food service and accommodations within a 30 min drive from the ranch are: Cochrane, Airdrie, Calgary
  • Bathroom facilities are located at the main ranch office. There are currently no facilities available at other sites
  • Wifi and Cellular Network Access
    • Wifi coverage is limited to the ranch office and there is limited cellular network coverage throughout WA sites.
    • Common cellular network providers often have coverage around the Cochrane Home site; however, service cannot be guaranteed. There is a landline for emergency use at the ranch office at Cochrane Home site. Please plan accordingly.
    • Wifi at the ranch office can be best accessed through AirUC – Guest accounts
  • There is currently no shipping/receiving available at ranch sites.
  • If you require items to be shipped to the site, please include this request as a part of your access request discussions with ranch management.
  • Be aware that there is currently no chemical or hazardous material storage available at the ranch

Health, Safety, and Protocols

  • Preventative measures are in place to keep animals healthy, consistent with the long-standing successful practices on Canadian ranches. All visitors are required to follow biosecurity protocols when visiting the ranch
  • All visitors must complete the “Visitor Log” located at the main research house at Cochrane Home
  • Resources are available for self-assessment of biosecurity hazard and appropriate mitigation practices. Please discuss biosecurity practices with your designated ranch contact.
  • When planning visits to the ranch, incorporate biosecurity considerations into your plan and ensure all aspects are followed appropriately. While biosecurity will be covered during ranch safety orientation, group leaders will be responsible for ensuring their members, and themselves, follow all biosecurity requirements when arriving to the ranch, during your visit, and upon departure.
  • If you are unsure, please connect with the Ranch Director
  • Visitors and/or the home institute are responsible for all expenses in the event that you become ill, injured, or require emergency evacuation (including search and rescue).
  • It is the responsibility of the project leader of each group visiting W.A. Ranches to ensure that individual members are fully insured for medical coverage (out of province, out of country, etc.), including transport to a home facility.
  • Researchers, academics, and visitors are required to have designated leaders, including alternates should the designated leader be unavailable or off site. Contact information for leaders must be shared with the designated Ranch Representative for the group.
  • All visitors must have completed the necessary permits and waivers for their visit
  • For response to medical emergencies, please refer to the following:
  • Groups are asked to maintain their own medical information and emergency contacts for individuals visiting WA Ranches. Should this information become necessary, the main contact for the group will serve as the point of contact for connecting to an individual’s medical information or emergency contact information.
  • To access this information for UC employees or students, Campus Security (403-220-5333) is an excellent resource to connect to the internal department responsible for this information
  • If anyone has any medical conditions, such as allergies, that the Ranch Representative may need to be aware of let them know upon arrival
  • W.A. Ranches does not stock or provide any medications
  • Visitors are required to bring their own medications (prescription and non-prescription) and personal supplies. This includes “standards” such as medications for upset stomach, minor headaches etc.
  • First Aid requirements are detailed for visitors here.
  • There are some First Aid resources located around the ranch, which will be reviewed during on-site orientation. These are not replacements for the visitor requirements, but good to know about for emergency preparedness.
    • First Aid Kits
      • Type 1 – all ranch trucks (including semi)
      • Type 2 – Cochrane home office and shop, Cochrane North processing barn, Cochrane East Shop
    • Automated External Defibrillators (AED) - 1 located in Cochrane Home Shop
  • Fire prevention is everyone’s responsibility. Visitors are asked to be especially aware of open flame sources, flammable liquids, and possible chemical reactions that could lead to a fire in and around the ranch
  • Dry conditions can be a major fire hazard. Be vigilant of increased risks, particularly when accessing with UTV in long, dry grass
  • If you discover a fire:
    • Evacuate the building;
    • Advise ranch staff immediately;
    • If required, take responsibility for contacting 911
  • All ranch fleet vehicles have a fire extinguisher
  • Use a fire extinguisher only if:
    • You know how to operate one properly and are comfortable doing so
    • The fire is very small;
    • You will not endanger yourself.
  • In the event of a major fire which has or is likely to cause a widespread fire, visitors are asked to meet at the muster area and prepare to depart the area.
  • Working with hazardous materials can be dangerous to the health and well-being of team members as well as to other visitors, W.A. Ranches staff, livestock, wildlife, and our environment
  • Currently there is no shipping/receiving or storage on-site for hazardous materials and waste.
  • Researchers are responsible for their own, use, and disposal in accordance with appropriate procedures.
  • Certain biohazardous waste (e.g. sharps) may be able to utilize existing disposal resources at the ranch, which must be discussed during early planning with ranch management
  • We are proud of W.A. Ranches and want the people to know about the important research, teaching, and research that take place on the ranch.
  • Sharing content serves to promote the activities at the ranch and support the reputation of the University of Calgary. 
  • Please be aware of privacy issues, and respectful of others
  • When posting photos or video from W.A Ranches on social media channels or other web-platforms, we encourage users to consider the implications of their postings. This includes the permanency of the Internet, the wide and varying reach of postings (even in closed networks), varying interpretation of content, and that content can easily be shared outside of the original context.
  • Consider completing the photo/video consent form which allows W.A. Ranches and the University of Calgary to use photos where your work may be present.
  • Consider sharing your photos with us for use in our social media, newsletters, and other communications supporting W.A. Ranches.
  • Smoking is prohibited at the ranch
    • https://www.ucalgary.ca/policies/files/policies/smoking-policy.pdf
  • Visitors are not allowed to bring pets to W.A. Ranches. Please discuss appropriate arrangements for service animals with ranch management when planning your visit
    • “Pet” refers to a domesticated animal kept for companionship or amusement. It does not include animals kept for approved research and teaching purposes or Service Animals.
    • A “Service Animal” is an animal that provides a vital service to persons with disabilities or persons who require assistance due to a medical condition.
    • https://www.ucalgary.ca/policies/files/policies/Pets%20on%20Campus%20Policy.pdf

Laboratory, Office, and Meeting Spaces

There are currently no laboratories, eye wash stations, offices, or meeting spaces at W.A. Ranches. The Long-Range Development Plan for the ranch provides a foundation for future development. 


Site Specific Instrumentation and Data

  • W.A. Ranches at the University of Calgary utilizes HerdTrax for cattle record management. A wide array of animal information is managed utilizing this system, which can be made available to users (e.g. researchers, academic staff) to support their work at W.A. Ranches.
  • Discussion of data requirements is a part of the planning process for work at W.A. Ranches.
  • Activities involving animals are required to complete the information in W.A. Ranches HerdTrax Information Collection prior to any work at W.A. Ranches to allow appropriate updating of the HerdTrax system with animal care information. This allows for communication of activity details with ranch staff in the field, as well as effective tracking of animal uses at the ranch.