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AMI Foundation and Animal Transportation Association To Host Livestock Transportation Conference in March

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Washington, DC – In response to an increasing focus on ensuring optimal welfare during livestock transportation, the AMI Foundation (AMIF) together with the Animal Transportation Association (AATA) will host their second Livestock Transportation Conference March 17, 2009, at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. The conference will immediately proceed AMIF’s Animal Care and Handling Conference March 18-19, 2009.

Attendees will benefit from a packed educational agenda with sessions hosted by industry leaders. The conference is designed for members of the meat industry, livestock producers and transporters and anyone involved in the care and handling of livestock.

Some of the topics on the preliminary agenda include: Alberta livestock industry’s proactive approach to transportation welfare; transportation audits; how trucking companies manage the risk of unfit animals; how unfit animals leave plants vulnerable; cross-border collaboration between Canada and the United States; lessons learned through science; pig transportation research; trailer design and transport losses; beef transport benchmarking study; sheep transportation research; and a summary of issues and panel discussion.

 Registration for this special conference is $175 for AMI and AATA members and $275 for non-members. To register, go to the Events/Education Section of http://www.meatinstitute.org.

For more information contact Rosie Levine at relevine@meatinstitute.org.

 The American Meat Institute Foundation is a non-profit research, education and information foundation established by the American Meat Institute to study ways the meat and poultry industry can produce better, safer products and operate more efficiently.

 The Animal Transportation Association was organized in 1976 in response to the concerns of industry leaders, government officials, and humane association representatives. AATA provides an important opportunity for individuals, businesses, organizations and groups involved in any phase of animal transportation to become part of an international effort to find solutions to a variety of problems related to the transport of animals. AATA provides a means for making research needs known, encouraging research and disseminating findings. The organization further encourages uniform and effective international regulations and humane handling of live animals.



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