Livestock producers with any interest in animal identification and traceability are invited to Kansas City next week for ID-Info Expo 2007. The event is scheduled for Aug. 28-30 at the Westin Crown Center.
The ID-INFO Expo starts with opening remarks by Scott Stuart, chair of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s board of directors. The chief implementer of the U.S. National Animal Identification System, Dr. John Clifford, Deputy Administrator of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service/Veterinary Services, follows him. Clifford will address traceability from an animal disease perspective. Next on the program is Julie Stitt, Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, who will give an overview of the Canadian Traceability System.
A timely session on foot-and-mouth disease will feature a firsthand account and update on the current situation in the United Kingdom from dairy producer Raymond Brown. Speaking after him will be Dr. Clair Thunes, University of California Davis, who will present results from a FMD simulation study currently underway in the United States.
Other ID-Info Expo session topics include:
* Current Status of North American Traceability Programs
* Canada’s Multi-Species Traceability Initiative
* Traceability in Voluntary Audit Based Programs
* Value-Driving Identification, Traceability and Verification
* Swine ID Plan and Pre-Harvest Traceability
Visit www.animalagriculture.org, and click on the “Schedule of Events” link.
Attendees can register for the conference on line between now and Friday, Aug. 24, or onsite during the event beginning Monday Aug. 27.