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Animal Care & Handling Conference

October 17-18, 2019
Kansas City, MO

Thursday, October 17, 2019

6:45 – 7:45 am
Pre-Conference Sessions
Beef and Pork Track Poultry Track
The ABCs of Animal Handling
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Grandin Livestock Handling Systems, Colorado State University
The ABCs of Poultry Handling
Dallas Wynn, Sr. Manager of Animal Wellbeing, Tyson Foods
8:00 – 8:05 am
Welcome and Introductions
Jason McAlister, Director of Animal Welfare, Triumph Foods
Ashley Lembke, Director of QA & Food Safety, American Foods Group, NAMI Animal Welfare Committee Co-Chairs
8:05 – 8:20 am
Trust in Animal Protein
Eric Mittenthal, Vice President of Sustainability, NAMI
8:20 – 9:20 am
The Architecture of Stories That Change Hearts and Minds
Vance Crowe, Communications Strategist, Articulate Ventures, LLC
9:20 – 10:15 am
Understanding Customer Needs in Animal Welfare
Paige Hartley, Director, Total Quality, Darden Restaurants
10:30 – 11:30 am
The Five Freedoms: Where Are We Today?
Cassandra Tucker, PhD, Professor, Director of the Center for Animal Welfare, Department of Animal Science, University of California
11:30 – 12:00 pm
FAQ: NAMI’s Animal Handling Guidelines
Panelists: Paula Alexander, Animal Welfare Manager, Tyson Foods,
Jason McAlister, Triumph Foods, Jennifer Woods, Owner, J. Woods Livestock Services
Moderator: Tiffany Lee, DVM, Ph.D., Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, NAMI
1:30 – 2:00 pm
FSIS Policy and Enforcement Update
Dr. Quita Bowman-Blackwell, Humane Handling Enforcement Coordinator, Food Safety Inspection Service, USDA
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Tips for Addressing Regulatory Actions for Animal Welfare
Roya Galindo, Director, Regulatory Services, NAMI and Tiffany Lee, NAMI
Panelists: Duane Eichenlaub, Quality Assurance Manager, Nicholas Meat LLC,
Jason McAlister, Triumph Foods, Brenden McCullough, VP Technical Services, National Beef Packing
3:15 – 5:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions

Pork and Beef Track Management Track Poultry Track
3:15- 4:30 pm
Stunning and Determining Insensibility
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Grandin Livestock Handling Systems, Colorado State University
3:15 – 4:15 pm
Creating and Implementing a Robust Systematic Approach
Rob Elder, Sr. Director FSQA/Regulatory Compliance, Seaboard Triumph Foods
Ashley Lembke, American Foods Group
3:15 – 4:00 pm
Controlled Atmosphere Stunning for Poultry Processing
Dianna Bourassa, Ph.D., Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist, Poultry Processing, Department of Poultry Science, Auburn University
4:30 – 5:15 pm
Stunner Maintenance and Demonstration
Chuck Bildstein, Product Specialist, Bunzl
4:15-5:15 pm
Conducting Internal Audits on Your Robust Systematic Approach
Lacey Alexander, North American Beef Welfare Lead, Cargill,
Jennifer Woods, J. Woods Livestock Services
4:00 – 4:45 pm
Implementing an Internal Audit Program in Poultry Processing
Kathleen Long, Vice President, Animal Care, Maple Leaf Foods
    4:45- 5:15 pm
Hot Topics in Poultry Welfare: Enrichments, Lighting, and Slow Growing Breeds
Chantal LeBlanc, Senior Specialist, Animal Welfare, Maple Leaf Foods

Friday, October 18, 2019

8:00 – 9:00 am
NAMI Member Bullet Session: Advances in Animal Handling
9:15 – 10:45 am
Concurrent Sessions
Transportation Track Management Track
9:15 – 9:45 am
Canada's Health of Animals Regulations (HAR) Transportation Update
Jennifer Woods, J. Woods Livestock Services
9:15 – 10:45 am
Fact or Fiction: Lessons in Animal Behavior and Handling
Lily Edwards-Callaway, Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences, Colorado State University
Kurt Vogel, Associate Professor, Animal and Food Science, University of Wisconsin River Falls
Chuck Bildstein, Product Specialist, Bunzl
9:45 – 10:45 am
Transportation Initiatives: Successes and Challenges
Loren Fruhwirth, National Sales Manager, Merritt Trailers
Courtney Daigle, Assistant Professor, Animal Welfare, Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M AgriLife
Bryan Hay, Senior Manager, Hog Logistics & Animal Welfare, Maple Leaf Foods
Jeff Hill, Animal Welfare Specialist, Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions
11:00 – 12:00 am
Communicating with Producers and Livestock Markets for Continuous Improvement in Animal Welfare
Kristen Parman, Vice President Membership Services, Livestock Marketing Association and Josh White, Executive Director, Producer Education, NCBA