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AMIF Annual Animal Handling and Stunning Conference Slated for February 21-22, 2002, in Kansas City

Tuesday, September 25, 2001
 

The AMI Foundation’s (AMIF) Annual Animal Handling and Stunning Conference is slated for February 21-22, 2002, at the Kansas City Marriott in Kansas City, MO, and AMIF is anticipating record crowds.

This year, AMIF has partnered with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Council of Chain Restaurants, National Pork Board and National Turkey Federation to bring the industry the most comprehensive conference ever.

Many of the ever-popular faculty will return again for the 2002 conference, including Temple Grandin, Ph.D., and John Scanga, Ph.D. of Colorado State University; Janice Swanson, Ph.D., of Kansas State University and David Meisinger, Ph.D. of the National Pork Board.

The faculty has been expanded for the 2002 conference to include transportation expert Tim O’Byrne of Calico Beef Consulting in Calgary, Alberta; poultry quality expert S.F. Bilgili, Ph.D. of Auburn University; poultry catching and handling expert James E. Marion Ph.D., former dean, College of Agriculture at Auburn University; and poultry stunning expert Daniel L. Fletcher, Ph.D. of the University of Georgia.

The conference also will feature both large general sessions as well as species-specific breakout sessions to bring attendees more of the practical, specific information they need, from tips on reducing prod usage, to new ideas for eliminating distractions and maintaining stunning equipment. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will send an official representative to offer a preview of new directions at the agency on animal welfare.

Corporate representatives will discuss their own approaches to improving animal handling. Speakers include Phil Clemens, chairman and CEO of Hatfield Quality Meats, Inc. in Hatfield, PA, and Archie Schaffer, senior vice president, external affairs, Tyson Foods in Springdale, AR. A panel of restaurant operators also will discuss their own supplier requirements and audit programs.

This conference is designed for corporate quality assurance personnel, regulatory staff, plant managers, slaughter floor supervisors, pen managers, poultry catchers and handlers, stunner operators and anyone else with responsibility for welfare related issues.

Registration for the 2001 Animal Handling and Stunning Conference was so strong that AMIF was forced to close the conference due to space limitations. This year, AMIF reserved a larger space to accommodate the growing demand for this conference.

Registration for the conference is $295 for members of AMI and cosponsoring associations; $265 when three or more members register together; and $395 for non-members. Exhibit space also is available.

For information or to register, visit http://www.meatinstitute.org or contact AMI’s Meetings Manager Katie Brannan at 703/841-2400 or kbrannan@meatinstitute.org.

AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute provides legislative, regulatory and public relations services, conducts scientific and economic research, offers marketing and technical assistance and sponsors education programs.


For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Vice President, Public Affairs
703-841-2400
jriley@meatinstitute.org
Josee Daoust
Manager, Public Affairs
703-841-2400
jdaoust@meatinstitute.org

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