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AMIF Animal Care and Handling Conference to Feature Comprehensive Education Tracks on Pork, Beef and Management-Policy

Friday, September 16, 2011
 

Washington, D.C. — The 2011 AMI Foundation (AMIF) Animal Care and Handling Conference for the Food Industry, to be held October 19-20, 2011, at the Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri, will again feature three distinct tracks to address an array of attendee needs.

The year’s Applied Pig Handling track will include a new panel discussion, “Raising the Bar: The Story Behind the Data.” During this session, panelists will analyze the newest non-ambulatory data and discuss what companies should strive for and how they can reach these new goals. Scheduled panelists include Glee Goodner, corporate manager of animal welfare, Hormel Foods Corporation and Gary Mann of Murphy Brown, LLC.

Attendees in the Applied Pig Handling Track will also benefit from the hot-button session, “Animal Handling and Sustainability: Environmental Impact of Livestock Production.” The session will be led by Jude Capper, Ph.D., assistant professor at Washington State University. Capper will discuss her recent research, which includes developing models to evaluate the environmental impact of dairy and beef production systems.

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., will lead a discussion on stunning pigs and determining insensibility, while Texas Tech Professor John McGlone, Ph.D., will share his latest research on transportation bedding. The track will also feature a session on best practices.

The Beef Track will feature a session on the relationship between good handling and quality, led by Dan Hale, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University. Hale will discuss the correlation between humane animal practices and quality of final product and what it means to a company’s bottom line. In addition, Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, Ph.D., research scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, will lead a session addressing the effects of trailer microclimate and density on carcass quality.

The Beef Track will also feature a research update on the impact of stress during transport (dairy cows), led by Kurt Vogel, Ph.D., assistant professor of animal science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Jerry Karczewski, owner, Karczewski Consulting.

Other sessions in this track include “Stunning Cattle and Determining Insensibility” and “The ABC’s of Cattle,” both led by Grandin; and “Veal Production, Transportation and Processing Challenges,” led by Drew Vermeire, Ph.D, of the American Veal Association.

Attendees of this year’s Management and Policy Track will learn more about the latest myths in animal care and handling and how to combat them in a new session, “Animal Care and Handling: Mythcrushing,” hosted by Chris Raines, Ph.D., assistant professor of Meat Science and Technology at Pennsylvania State University.

Another important session in this track is “Impacts of Animal Well-Being and Welfare Media on Meat Demand,” hosted by Glynn Tonsor, Ph.D., assistant professor at Kansas State University. Gail Golab, Ph.D., DVM, animal welfare division director, American Veterinary Medical Association, will lead the session “New Euthanasia Guidelines for AVMA.”

Other sessions in this track include “Humane Certification Programs: A Comparison,” with speaker Ruth Woiwode, graduate student, Colorado State University; “Responding to NRs,” hosted by Scott Goltry, vice president, Food Safety and Inspection Services, American Meat Institute; and “Crisis Management: Undercover Videos,” with Janet Riley, senior vice president, Public Affairs and Member Services, American Meat Institute.

Registration fees are $525 for members, and $465 when three or more members register together. Registration is $825 for nonmembers. To make hotel reservations, call The Westin Crown Center directly at (888) 627-8538 by September 26, 2011. Mention AMI to receive the special group rate of $155/night for single or double occupancy rooms, and $175/night for triple and $195/night for a quad rooms. After this date, rooms will be on a space and rate available basis.

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

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

 

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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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