The International Symposium on Managing Animal Mortality, Products, By-Products, and Associated Health Risk, is planned for May 21-24 in Dearborn, Mich.

Catastrophic losses of poultry and livestock caused by disease, fire, or weather-related stresses, and routine losses associated with large-scale production operations have become significant environmental, biosecurity and waste management concerns around the globe.  

The symposium will feature four days of plenary and poster sessions to share information on carcass disposal technology, planning, and policy. The symposium will include hands-on workshops and demonstrations of available carcass disposal options.

Symposium topics will include:

  • Carcass management in response to routine mortalities, accidental deaths, natural disasters, and disease outbreaks;
  • Food of animal origin containment, disposal and decontamination in response to disease and emergency events;
  • Research and public policy on carcass disposal and the direction of future research and resources;
  • International, Federal and state agency response and training experience;
  • Carcass treatment (management) options;
  • New and emerging technologies for euthanasia, carcass treatment, and disinfection;
  • One Health Initiative;
  • Global considerations;
  • Final product use and disposition.

Join veterinarians, animal industry and government professionals, emergency managers, rendering professionals, producers and others attending the symposium. Register here before April 20 to receive the $300 early bird rate.

Take advantage of one of the four optional tours to see how border management, on farm composting and rendering are being handled in new and innovative ways. Tours are an additional $30. For those who are unable to attend the full conference, daily registration options are available.

The conference will feature poster sessions, keynote speakers, demonstrations of new technology and hands-on training activities. Sessions and speakers will include the following topics: environmental effects of disposal, mechanical disposal technologies, decontamination, animal mortality composting, depopulation, foods of animal origin, emergency response and policy and lessons learned. Click here to download a complete schedule. If you know someone interested in the partner program a full listing can be found here.

The symposium will be hosted by Michigan State University.

Source: AASV