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Friday, December 13, 2002

Washington, DC - The AMI Foundation’s (AMIF) Fifth Annual Animal Care and Handling Conference will be held February 27-28, 2003, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, MO. The conference is the largest of its kind in the industry and last year attracted nearly 300 people.

Conference cosponsors include the Animal Agriculture Alliance, Food Marketing Institute, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Council of Chain Restaurants, National Grocers Association, National Milk Producers Federation, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers.

The two-day conference features a day dedicated to regulatory developments, customer initiatives, creating an animal-welfare mindset in plants and operations and retaining an audit team. The second day allows participants to break into one of four species-specific sessions: beef, pork, poultry or egg production. During these tracks, species experts will instruct in the specific details and latest research on handling and stunning livestock and poultry to create optimal welfare.

More than two dozen experts in the field of animal welfare, auditing, product quality and livestock and poultry production will offer instruction. In addition, companies that market animal handling and stunning equipment and those that offer consulting and auditing services will exhibit their products during a reception. This offers attendees excellent opportunities to ask specific questions of these equipment and service providers.

The National Pork Board this year will offer its Trucker Quality Assurance Program the day prior to the conference in the same hotel. The conference is designed as a train the trainer session to facilitate the education of transporters about ways to improve animal handling and decrease hog stress.

The Animal Care and Handling Conference has received consistently high participant ratings year after year. Attendees leave the conference with detailed information and practical ideas they can implement in their plant. The conference provides attendees with information-sharing opportunities so they can exchange “best practices” that will help enhance animal handling throughout the meat and poultry industry.

Registration fees for the conference are $325 for members of AMI or any of the cosponsoring organizations and $295 when three or more members register together. The non-member rate is $450. Registration for the special Trucker Quality Assurance Program is $125. To register, visit http://www.MeatAMI.com and click on Industry Events. To reserve a room, call the hotel at 816-421-1234 by February 6, 2003 and mention AMI to receive the conference rate of $125 single, $135 double.

To exhibit at the conference, contact AMI Vice President of Education Patricia Pines at 703/841-3620 or ppines@meatinstitute.org.

AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI's members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the U.S. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the industry. Its affiliate, the AMI Foundation, is a separate 501(c)3 organization that conducts research, education and information projects for the industry.

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Vice President, Public Affairs
Josee Daoust
Manager, Public Affairs

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