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AMI Foundation and Alchemy Launch Animal Handling Training Videos

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Washington, D.C.  – The American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) in partnership with Alchemy Systems, has announced the release of two new animal handling training videos designed for cattle and hog plant employees.

Designed with the animal in mind, the videos detail basic principles of livestock behavior and low stress handling, including eliminating distractions, understanding the flight zone and proper stunning.  The videos also include questions and answers to validate learning.   Both videos are delivered in English and Spanish.  AMI’s Animal Welfare Committee worked with Alchemy in developing the new training videos.

The new videos are the latest effort in AMIF’s 20-year leadership in animal handling guideline development and training.  AMIF’s Animal Care & Handling Conference, now in its 14th year, will be held October 17-18, 2012, in Kansas City.  The online and DVD based training provides an excellent introduction to livestock handling and behavior for new employees and as a refresher for conference veterans.   The training will be available for viewing at the October conference.   In late 2012, AMIF and Alchemy plan to release a second module that teaches animal welfare guidelines according to AMI’s Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines and Audit Guide.

“We were pleased to team with Alchemy on this important new training effort,” said AMI President J. Patrick Boyle.  “Ensuring proper animal care and low stress handling have been among our Institute’s highest priorities for two decades.  This new tool will help ensure that plants have ready access to the most current training information available.”

“Alchemy recognizes the importance of proper animal handling to the industry and the impact it has on a company’s day to day operations,” said Jeff Eastman, Alchemy’s Chief Executive Officer. “It was a privilege partnering with AMI to develop courses that will help companies ensure their training program includes the most recent developments in animal handling for their employees’ education.”

Current Alchemy customers have access to the training materials via the SISTEM training platform.   The videos are available for $250 from the AMI Foundation. 

To order the videos, go the AMI’s online store at: http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/d/StoreMO.



About the American Meat Institute Foundation

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.


About Alchemy Systems

Alchemy is dedicated to providing innovative training products that use technology and media to educate the global workforce. Our award-winning training and compliance management platform, SISTEM, enables companies to effectively deliver, document and manage personnel training using interactive, multilingual courseware. With SISTEM, Alchemy helps to solve the training challenges most companies face when balancing production demands with increasingly strict regulatory requirements. For more information, please go to http://www.alchemysystems.com.

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