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AMI Foundation Animal Care and Handling Conference Slated for March 25-26, 2010, in Kansas City

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Washington, DC -- The AMI Foundation (AMIF) Animal Care and Handling Conference for the Food Industry, the leading animal welfare education opportunity for meat companies, their customers and those involved in the production and management of livestock and meat products, will be held March 25-26, 2010, at the Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri.

This highly-rated conference offers a variety of professional development opportunities. Nearly a dozen associations and organizations have teamed this year to create a program that satisfies an array of attendee needs.

The conference includes three focused tracks: Management and Policy, Applied Pig Handling and Applied Cattle Handling.

Attendees in the Management and Policy Track will benefit from sessions on animal handling and welfare, crisis communication, food safety and regulatory updates, lessons learned in video auditing, and an update on OIE standards and state issues.

Attendees in the Applied Pig Handling Track will participate in sessions on gestation stalls, new research on the impact of group size, stunning and determining insensibility, innovative facility design, producer/community interaction and new research on trailers (European).

The Applied Cattle Handling Track features sessions on dairy challenges, the impact of stress during transport, implications for Kosher and Halal unstunned slaughter and stunning cattle and determining insensibility.

This year’s featured speakers include Chris Chinn, fifth generation family farmer, Chinn Hog Farm; Temple Grandin, Ph.D., president, Grandin Livestock Handling Systems; Glee Goodner, corporate manager of animal welfare and handling, Hormel Foods Corporation; Kay Johnson-Smith, executive vice president, Animal Agriculture Alliance; Shelly Mayer, dairy producer & executive director, Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin; Joe Regenstein, Ph.D., professor, Cornell University; and Mike Siemens, Ph.D., director of animal welfare and husbandry, Cargill Meat Solutions.

Registration fees for those registering by February 2, 2010 are $400 for members, and $350 when three or more members register together. After February 2, registration rates increase to $450 for members. Registration is $645 for nonmembers.

For a complete agenda and to register, go to http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/d/sp/i/11948/pid/11948.

 Co-sponsoring organizations include the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, Animal Agriculture Alliance, American Meat Science Association, Food Marketing Institute, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Council of Chain Restaurants, National Grocers Association, National Meat Association, National Milk Producers Federation, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council and the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization, Inc.

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.

 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 United States. The Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the meat and poultry packing and processing industry. 


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