Animal Transportation, Handling Conferences Set for Kansas City

The AMIF and the Animal Transportation Association will host its second annual Livestock Transportation Conference March 17, 2009 at the Westin Crown Center.

The American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) is sponsoring two related conferences in mid-March in Kansas City, MO.

The AMIF and the Animal Transportation Association will host its second annual Livestock Transportation Conference March 17, 2009 at the Westin Crown Center.

Highlights include:

--Alberta Livestock Industry’s Proactive Approach to Transportation with Susan Church, manager, Alberta Farm Animal Care;

--Transportation Audits with livestock handling specialist Jennifer Woods of Alberta, Canada;

--Cross-Border Collaboration: How the United States and Canada have teamed up on animal welfare enforcement during transportation with Joey Astling of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service;

--Pig Transportation Research with Cate Dewey, University of Guelph, Canada; and

--Trailer Design and Transport Losses with Matt Ritter of Elanco Animal Health.

AMIF’s Animal Care & Handling Conference is March 18-19 at the Westin Crown Center.

Sessions March 18 include:

--The ABC’s of Pigs for Novices and First-Time Attendees with Glee Goodner, corporate manager of animal welfare and handling, Hormel Foods Corp.;

--Animal Handling – the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Perspective with Ron DeHaven, AVMA executive vice president;

--A Look at Consumer Behavior and Attitudes with AMI’s Janet Riley; Tim Amlaw, American Humane Association; Rick McCarty, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association; and Adele Douglass, Certified Humane;

--Stunning Pigs and Determining Insensibility with Temple Grandin of Colorado State University, Chuck Bildstein of Bunzl Distribution USA, Inc., and Colette Kaster of Farmland Foods, Inc.; and

--Handling Challenges: Slows and Fatigues with Jen Greiner, DVM, National Pork Producers Council and Barb Masters, DVM, Olsson, Frank and Weeda.

Sessions March 19 include:

--Animal Handling Problem-Solving in Beef and Pork Slaughter Plants with Temple Grandin;

--Transportation Audits – Review of New Audits with Jennifer Woods;

--Fitness to Transport with Susan Church;

--New Research: Lactate Levels in Pigs under Stress with Lily Murray of Colorado State University; and

--Systematic Approaches to Animal Handling with Jerry Karczewski, Cargill Meat Solutions; Dean Danilson, Tyson Foods; and Craig Morris, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.