The 2005 Animal Care and Handling Conference sponsored by the American Meat Institution Foundation has added a Management and Policy track and beginner's workshop to the conference's agenda.

The invitation-only conference, designed for members of the food industry, restaurateurs, retailers and academics, will be held at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown on Feb. 9-10 in Kansas City, Mo.

The new track, management and policy, is ideal for those who are responsible for overseeing animal handling. The track will focus on strategies for implementing animal handling programs in plants. It will include topics such as preventing unwanted surveillance and using closed circuit TV to monitor animal handling; new developments in transporting livestock; humane certification programs; the challenge of the animal rights movement; maximizing animal welfare audits; and communicating effectively about animal welfare to customers and the public.

In addition, the conference will include a new session highlighting the 'ABCs' of animal handling for industry members new to applied animal care and handling.

Two pre-conference workshops also will be offered this year on Tuesday, Jan. 8: the National Pork Board's Trucker Quality Assurance Program and a Cattle Transport Workshop hosted by Calico Consulting with president Tim O'Byrne instructing.

Giving the keynote address is Bernard Rollin, a Colorado State University philosopher. This interactive session will challenge attendees to consider animal welfare from different points of view. Rollin is a professor of philosophy, physiology and biophysics and director of bioethical planning at CSU. A recognized expert on animal research and agricultural regulations, Rollin is a noted speaker and author of 10 books. Rollin also developed and taught the first course ever offered on veterinary medical ethics.

Other conference instructors include Temple Grandin, Colorado State University; John McGlone, Texas Tech University; David Meisinger and Anna Johnson, National Pork Board; John Scanga, Colorado State University; and Mike Ellis, University of Illinois.

This conference will feature three tracks: Management and Policy, Cattle Handling and Pig Handling. It also will feature an exhibit of equipment and services on Wednesday evening, Feb. 9.

The American Association of Swine Veterinarians, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Animal Agriculture Alliance, Food Marketing Institute, National Council of Chain Restaurants, National Grocers Association, National Milk Producers Federation, National Pork Board and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association cosponsor the conference.

Discounted member registration rates are available to all members of sponsoring organizations. Early bird member registration before Dec. 31 is $325 or $295 when three members register early together. Regular registration is $425 or $325 when three or more members register together.

To register or to reserve a booth at the reception, contact AMI’s senior manager of convention & member services Katie Brannan at 202/587-4223, kbrannan@meatami.com. For more information or to register online, go to http://www.meatami.com

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