From farm to market, it's important that all participants throughout the chain understand proper animal-handling techniques. That's why the American Meat Institute is returning with its Animal Care and Handling Conference, March 29-30, 2007. The event will take place at the Sheraton Overland Park in Overland Park, Kan.

Tom Hayes, president of Cargill Meat Solutions, will present the keynote address. In representing Cargill, Hayes has been a leader in animal welfare within the meat industry. He is currently a commissioner of the National Commission on Industry Farm Animal Production.

AMI's conference will feature three tracks: 1) pork, 2) beef and 3) management and policy. The pork track sessions will look at electric and CO2 pig stunning and pig handling; handling challenges with sows and non-ambulatory pigs; and the connection between proper handling techniques and product quality. Sessions in the beef track will discuss the connection between proper handling techniques and carcass quality; a case study on religious slaughter options and cattle stunning; handling challenges within the cattle population; and basic cattle handling and behavior principles. The Management and Policy Track will include sessions on responding to enforcement actions; welfare initiatives for the natural and organic sector; animal welfare issues in Latin America; the current status of international welfare guidelines; and an update on audits and the PAACO program.

For more information, registration and ongoing updates, visit the Events/Education section of AMI's Web site.
Source: American Meat Institute