More than 800 Beef Industry stakeholders attended the 2010 International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare. The stakeholders consisted of producers, veterinarians, packers, retailers, industry organizations representatives and government agency representatives. The meeting was held in Manhattan, KAN and was hosted by The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University. The meeting was also delivered via live web cast reaching over 500 individuals in 27 states and six different countries.
The symposium brought over 20 experts in the field of cattle welfare. Speakers such as Temple Grandin and Tom Noffsinger spoke on proper cattle handling techniques. Terry Mader spoke on mud and Dee Griffin discussed the effects of heat on cattle in the feedyard.
Other presentations included topics such as: Answering public questions about beef production; How can the beef industry better communicate to governmental entities; Teaching beef cattle welfare in the field; Analgesic pharmacology and management of pain associated with dehorning, castration and lameness; Management of culled dairy cows; Animal welfare at the beef packing level; How do we benchmark animal welfare progress in our industries; What are the economics associated with welfare; and more.
In addition to the above topics, the Beef Cattle Welfare Symposium was kicked off with an Emergency Preparedness session lead by Jennifer Woods. During this session Woods informed emergency personal, producers and others on how to be prepared during emergency situations. She also discussed, trailer roll-over and proper techniques of euthanasia.
The introduction of the North American Food Animal Well-Being Commission was also made during the open presentation on Wednesday night. The mission of this commission is: An independence voice to advance evidence-based and practical improvements in the care and well-being of North American beef cattle. The members of the commission are:
- Dr. Bob Smith – VRCS, LLC
- Dr. Carolyn Stull - University of California at Davis
- Dr. Dan Thomson – Kansas State University
- Dr. Dave Sjeklocha – Academy of Veterinary Consultants
- Dr. Dee Griffin – University of Nebraska
- Dr. Frank Mitloehner – University of California at Davis
- Dr. Gatz Riddell – AABP, Executive Director
- Dr. Guy Loneragan – West Texas A&M University
- Dr. Hans Coetzee – Kansas State University
- Dr. Jan Shearer – Iowa State University
- Dr. Janice Swanson – Michigan State University
- Dr. Ron Gill – Texas A&M University
- Dr. Temple Grandin – Colorado State University
- Dr. Tom Noffsinger – Beef Cattle Handling Expert - Benkelman, NE
- Dr. Joseph Stookey – University of Saskatchewan, Western Veterinary College
- Dr. Jeff Rushen – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- Jennifer Woods – Livestock Handling Expert – Blackie, AB Canada
- Dr. Terry Mader – University of Nebraska
The Second Annual International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare, hosted by the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University on May 19-21, provides an opportunity for all stakeholders in the U.S. Beef supply chain to constructively engage in discussion, debate and dialogue with members of the North American Food Animal Well-being Commission – Beef on the critical welfare issues facing our industry. The depth, range and unique focus of the experts participating in this symposium will provide all attendees with networking and problem solving opportunities.
The Beef Cattle Institute, established in 2007 through funding from the Targeted Excellence program, provides a fertile environment for wide-ranging discussions and debates across all of the beef science-related disciplines including: ethology, economics, genetics, nutrition, veterinary medicine and meat science. The diverse set of world renowned speakers and stakeholder attendees will be looking at critical issues from all angles of the beef supply chain including: production, transportation, processing, marketing, regulatory and legislation.
The opening Emergency Preparedness Seminar at Weber Arena on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 19th will provide a unique forum for producers, transport professionals, public safety officers, emergency responders and other interested parties to gain insights into cattle handling during real life emergencies such as: on-the-road accidents, truck rollovers, natural disasters, cattle roaming on the road and other emergency type situations.
We hope you will join us for this landmark event in the Flint Hills of Kansas where we celebrate our rich history of beef production and Western heritage at the same time we make continuous improvements to meet the worlds growing demand for safe, affordable and nutritious beef.