Leaders from academia and the beef industry are announcing the formation of an independent advisory group to focus on beef cattle health and well-being. The North American Food Animal Well-being Commission for Beef, which includes world-renowned experts in animal well-being, will advocate for increased research funding for animal well-being, facilitate the communication of research results in a more timely manner, advance best management practices in cattle health and welfare, and serve as an unbiased, science- and production- based group to address concerns about animal well-being.
Joseph Stookey, professor of applied ethology at Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, will serve as co-chair of the commission. Stookey says this is a very unique opportunity to serve the various segments of the beef industry, society and ultimately the animals, in a responsible, scientific and unified manner. According to Stookey, this initiative has a tremendous amount of potential, and he is excited to help lay the foundation for this important work.
The commission's public outreach efforts will focus on a number of groups across all levels of the beef chain, including: farming and ranching organizations, consumer groups, beef harvesting companies, veterinary groups, food retail and restaurant groups, and animal welfare groups.