Animal welfare is one of the fastest growing concerns among consumers throughout the country, according to Dr. Dan Thomson, a Kansas State University veterinarian and expert on the impact of beef cattle production practices on cattle well-being and health. Therefore, the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State will conduct an International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare, May 28-30, on the Kansas State campus in Manhatten, Kan.
"The symposium is designed to provide a venue in which all stakeholders in beef cattle production can meet and discuss the many welfare-related topics concerning the raising, feeding and harvesting of beef cattle," Thomson said.
Speakers at the symposium will include producers, ethologists, nutritionists and veterinarians who will address current welfare-related issues facing the beef industry. The speaker list also includes people in policy-making positions within the federal government, professional societies and industry commodity groups. Researchers, beef producers and veterinarians from around the globe will discuss current scientific findings and future research needs for beef cattle behavior and welfare.
More information on the symposium, including how to register, is available at www.isbcw.beefcattleinstitute.org.