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Animal Care & Handling Conference



October 19-20, 2017
Kansas City, MO

Thursday, October 19, 2017


6:30 am – 5:00 pm
Registration
6:30 – 7:45 am
Breakfast
7:00 - 8:00 am
Pre-Conference Session
Beef and Pork Track Poultry Track
The ABC’s of Livestock Handling
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Grandin Livestock Handling Systems, Colorado State University
The ABC’s of Poultry Handling
Penny Lawlis, Professional Livestock Auditing, Inc.
8:00 – 8:15 am
Break
8:15 – 8:20 am
Welcome and Introductions
Janet Riley,Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, NAMI
Ann McDonald, Smithfield, NAMI Animal Welfare Committee Chair
8:20 – 9:10 am
Keynote Presentation: Pursuing Elite
LtCol USMC (ret). Andrew Thompson, President and CEO, Thompson Development Group
9:10 – 10:10 am
Humane Slaughter Enforcement: Policy and Program Update
Patty Bennett, DVM, Humane Handling Enforcement Coordinator, FSIS
Tiffany Lee, DVM, Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, NAMI
10:10 – 10:45 am
Serving the Meat Industry’s Future: Protecting Against Activist Threats
Hannah Thompson-Weeman, Vice President of Communications, Animal Agriculture Alliance
10:45 – 11:00 am
Break
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions
Pork Track Beef Track Poultry Track
Quality Assurance Programs for Pork Production (Pork Quality Assurance Plus, Transport Quality Assurance & Common Swine Industry Audit
Jamee Eggers, Manager – Animal Welfare, Science & Technology, National Pork Board
Navigating Pathways to Success-Results of the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit
Deb Vanoverbeke, Interim Assistant Dean, CASNR and Endowed Professor, Animal Science, Oklahoma State University
Josh White, Executive Director, Producer Education, NCBA
Fundamentals and Future Direction in Poultry Stunning
Penny Lawlis, Professional Livestock Auditing, Inc.
12:00 – 1:45 pm
Lunch and Issues, Answers, Actions Networking and Problem Solving Discussion
1:45 – 2:00 pm
Break
2:00 – 2:45 pm
Reflections on Two Decades of Progress: An Interview With Temple Grandin
Janet Riley, Seinor Vice President, Public Affairs, NAMI (moderator)
2:45 – 3:15 pm
NAMI Animal Handling Guidelines Update
Ann McDonald, Director of Animal Welfare, Smithfield and Paula Alexander, AWB Manager-FSQA, Tyson Foods
3:15 – 3:30 pm
Break
3:30 – 5:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions
Pork and Beef Track Management and Policy Track Poultry Track
3:30 – 4:15 pm
Stunning and Determining Insensibility
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Grandin Livestock Handling Systems, Colorado State University
3:30-4:00 pm
Updates on Training and Certification of Animal Welfare Auditors
Collette Kaster, Executive Director, PAACO
3:30 – 4:00 pm
Poultry Welfare: Transportation
Richard Mack, President, Riverdale Poultry Express, Inc.
4:15-4:30pm
Effect of Captive Bolt Lengths in Fed Cattle
Helen Kline, Miriam Martin, and Dana Wagner. Graduate Students, Colorado State University
4:00 – 4:30 pm
AMS-LPS Animal Handling and Welfare Activities Update
Jeff Waite, Chief, Audit Services Branch, USDA-AMS, Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program
4:00 – 4:30 pm
Laying Hen Welfare
Dr. Janice Siegford, Associate Professor, Michigan State University
4:30 – 5:15 pm
Stunner Maintenance and Vet Simulator Demonstration
Chuck Bildstein, Product Specialist, Bunzl
4:30 – 5:15 pm
Regulatory Update: Live Animal Issues
Tiffany Lee, DVM, Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, NAMI
4:30 – 5:15 pm
Advances in Turkey Welfare
Dr. Marisa Erasmus, Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences, Purdue University
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception & Exhibits

Friday, October 20, 2017


7:00 – 8:00 am
Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 am
The Challenge of Legislating Animal Welfare
Eddie Harper MBE, Livestock Transport Consultant
9:00 – 9:15 am
Break
9:15 – 10:45 am
Concurrent Sessions
Pork Track
Management and Policy Track (combined)
Beef Track
9:15 – 10:00 am
Selecting for Success: Identifying Top Performers for Roles in Livestock Handling
Leo Bartlett, Bartlett Consulting, Inc.
9:15 – 10:00 am
New Beef Quality Assurance Resources
Josh White, Executive Director, Producer Education, NCBA
10:00 – 10:45 am
Pig Whispering 101: Teaching Employees and Contractors About the Animals We Work With
Jason McAlister, Director of Animal Welfare, Triumph Foods
10:00 – 10:45 am
Euthanasia of Sick, Injured or Non-Ambulatory Cattle
Dr. Jan Shearer, Diplomate, American College of Animal Welfare, Professor and Extension Veterinarian, Iowa State University
10:45 am – 11:00 pm
Break
11:00 – 12:00 am
Closing General Session: Advanced Animal Handling Bullet Session
12:00 pm
Adjourn