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Deadline Approaches for Poster Submissions for International Meat Animal Welfare Research Conference

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

The deadline on a call for posters for the International Meat Animal Welfare Research Conference (IMAWRC) will close December 31, 2003. The IMAWRC is jointly sponsored by the AMI Foundation and the Federation of Animal Science Societies. Posters may be submitted at the following link: http://www.fass-abstracts.org/meetinginfo.asp?meetingcode=61.

The IMAWRC will be held February 17, 2004, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. The conference will address cattle and pig production, transport and processing issues and is designed to offer scientific updates from leading authorities in all of these areas.

The IMAWRC immediately precedes the AMI Foundation’s 2004 Animal Care and Handling Conference for the Food Industry, February 18-19, 2004, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center. The conference has become one of the Foundation’s most popular and last year attracted nearly 350 people.

Eleven groups will cosponsor this year’s Animal Handling Conference, including the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the Animal Agriculture Alliance, Food Marketing Institute (FMI), National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR), National Grocers Association, National Milk Producers Federation, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council and United Egg Producers.

The conference will feature a half-day general session and a full day of species-specific, practical information. Species tracks will cover cattle, pig and egg production and processing. The conference also will feature a reception with exhibits to give attendees the opportunity to interact with equipment suppliers, consultants and audit firms.

Registration for the Animal Care and Handling Conference is $325 for members of AMI and the ten cosponsoring organizations, $295 when three or more members register together and $450 for non-members. Registration rates for the IMAWRC are $125 for AMI and FASS members, $250 for non-members. Attendees at both Animal Care and Handling and IMAWRC will receive additional discounts.

To register, visit www.meatinstitute.org or contact AMI’s Senior Manager of Convention and Member Services Katie Brannan, kbrannan@meatinstitute.org, 703/841-3621. Brannan also may be contacted to reserve a table-top exhibit at the conference reception.

For more information contact:
Dan Murphy
Vice President, Public Affairs
Janet Riley
Senior VP, Public Affairs

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