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AMI Foundation Calls for Animal Welfare 'Best Practices' Presentations at 2004 Animal Care and Handling Conference

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 16, 2003 -- The AMI Foundation today issued a call for best practice presentations at its 2004 Animal Care and Handling Conference for the Food Industry. The conference, which attracted nearly 350 people last year, is slated for Feb. 18 and 19, 2004, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Time has been allocated in the beef and pork tracks during the conference’s second day for interested individuals to present “best ideas,” including:

· Training and incentive strategies and plant design ideas
· Innovative equipment, such as low-stress animal driving aids
· Practices or protocols that have enhanced handling at the plant or in transport

Presentation slots of five to 10 minutes are available, and AMI Foundation staff can assist in creating PowerPoint slides to illustrate these practices, if needed. To reserve a “best practice” presentation slot, contact AMIF’s Leticia Hall at lhall@meatinstitute.org or 703/841-3632.

Sharing of best practices is an outgrowth of AMI’s decision to make animal handling a non-competitive issue.

Eleven groups are cosponsoring the conference, including the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the Animal Agriculture Alliance, Food Marketing Institute, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Council of Chain Restaurants, National Grocers Association, National Milk Producers Federation, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council and United Egg Producers.

International Meat Animal Welfare Research Conference
The Animal Care and Handling Conference will be immediately preceded by a new animal welfare science conference: The International Meat Animal Welfare Research Conference on Tuesday, Feb. 17. IMAWRC, cosponsored by the Federation of Animal Science Societies, will serve as a symposium for key s research updates on cattle and hog production, transport and processing. The conference also includes poster sessions in each area. To submit a poster for consideration, log onto http://www.fass-abstracts.org/meetinginfo.asp?meetingcode=61
Registration for the Animal Care and Handling Conference is $325 for members of AMI and the cosponsoring organizations, $295 when three or more members register together and $450 for non-members. IMAWRC registration is $125 for AMI and FASS members, $250 for non-members. Attendees at both Animal Care and Handling and IMAWRC receive discounts.

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


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

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