Beef producers, processors, retailers and others will discuss beef welfare issues at the Fourth International Beef Cattle Welfare Symposium, July 16-18, 2014, in Ames, Iowa.
Hot beef production topics will include social and environmental concerns, as well as transportation, processing and marketing issues, trade regulations and legislation.
During the first day of the symposium, participants will get hands-on experience in diagnosing and treating lameness in beef cattle. Participants also will practice the correct technique for on-farm euthanasia and learn a variety of on-farm techniques for minimizing stress during handling and management procedures, including dehorning.
On Thursday and Friday, sessions will include in-depth discussions about current and future beef cattle welfare concerns, low-stress cattle handling, beta-agonist use, lameness and pain management from Temple Grandin, Dan Thomson and Tom Noffsinger.
Beef cattle experts, bovine practitioners and animal scientists from Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Canada and the United States will provide an international perspective on global issues such as the impact of stress on the health and welfare of beef cattle, strategies for reducing stress and improving welfare at weaning, and understanding and managing the animal welfare impacts of painful procedures in beef cattle.
The program also will feature Greg Peterson, of the Peterson Farm Brothers, whose clever parodies of popular songs convey a positive message about agriculture and livestock production.
Registration for the symposium is currently open. There are special rates for registering before July 1, 2014. There also is an option to attend the symposium via a live webcast, for those unable to attend in person.
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