AMSA is co-sponsoring the AMI Foundation (AMIF) Animal Care and Handling Conference along with a number of other industry associations and organizations on October 17-18, 2012 at the Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri.
The Animal Care and Handling Conference for the Food Industry, is the leading animal welfare education opportunity for meat companies, their customers and those involved in the production and management of livestock and meat products. This highly-rated conference offers a variety of professional development opportunities. Nearly a dozen associations and organizations have collaborated this year to create a program that satisfies an array of attendee needs.
The conference includes three focused tracks: Management and Policy, Applied Pig Handling and Applied Cattle Handling, with a number of topics.
• The Management and Policy Track is ideal for those responsible for “big picture” management of animal handling and welfare. The track will address key strategies for managing changing needs and trends, including the impact of consumer perspectives on animal welfare.
• The Applied Pig Handling and Applied Cattle Handling tracks offer attendees in-depth instruction by species. Leading academic experts in the field will offer instruction at a range of levels – from beginner to advanced. Their presentations will be complemented by practical insights from industry experts.
This year’s featured speakers include Temple Grandin, Ph.D., president, Grandin Livestock Handling Systems; Paula Bates, Tyson Foods, Inc.; Larry Davis, DVM, USDA, FSIS; Daniel Hale, Ph.D., Texas A&M University; Joe Regenstein, Ph.D., Cornell University; Janet Riley, American Meat Institute; Elizabeth Rumley, The National Agriculture Law Center; Dan Thomson, Ph.D., Kansas State University; Kurt Vogel, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – River Falls; Liz Wagstrom, DVM, National Pork Producers Council.
Co-sponsoring organizations include American Meat Science Association, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Meat Processors, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, Animal Agriculture Alliance, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Dairy FARM Program, National Grocers Association, National Milk Producers Federation, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, North American Meat Association, Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization, Inc.
Registration fees for those registering by September 2, 2012 are $475 for AMSA members, and $415 when three or more AMSA members register together. After September 2, registration rates increase to $525 for AMSA members, and $465 when three or more AMSA members register together. Registration is $825 for nonmembers.
For a complete agenda and to register: http://www.meatami.com/ht/d/MeetingDetailsMO/mid/00000103.