The American Meat Institute (AMI) Foundation Animal Care and Handling Conference for the food industry will be held March 18-19, 2009, at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. This conference is the leading animal welfare education opportunity for meat companies, their customers and those involved in the production and management of livestock.
On March 17, immediately preceding the Animal Care and Handling Conference, the AMI Foundation, together with the Animal Transportation Association (AATA), will host their second Livestock Transportation Conference. The conference is designed for members of the meat industry, livestock producers and transporters and anyone involved in the care and handling of livestock.
Some of the topics on the preliminary agenda include Alberta livestock industry's proactive approach to transportation welfare; transportation audits; how trucking companies manage the risk of unfit animals; how unfit animals leave plants vulnerable; cross-border collaboration between Canada and the United States; lessons learned through science; pig transportation research; trailer design and transport losses; beef transport benchmarking study; sheep transportation research; and a summary of issues and panel discussion.
To register, go to the Events/Education section of the AMI Web site, www.meatami.com.