Consumers want to know where and how their food is produced. University of Wisconsin-Extension will host the annual Dairy and Beef Well-Being Conference on April 30 at Liberty Hall in Kimberly. Since consumer confidence is a critical piece of food production, this year's conference will focus on animal care practices and why it matters to consumers. Dairy and beef producers, veterinarians, farm service providers, educators, emergency managers, first responders, and elected officials are encouraged to attend.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Temple Grandin, world-renown animal behavior specialist. Dr. Grandin will be addressing livestock production with a presentation titled," Biological Systems Overload—Looking at Optimal Production, Not Maximum Production." In addition, Dr. Dee Griffin who is widely known as a pioneer in Beef Quality Assurance, will be speaking on how proper animal care is not only good for animals, it's good for all of us.
Additional speakers will include:
*"The Value of a Cull Cow-The Packer Perspective," Dr. Lily Edwards-Callaway, Animal Welfare Programs, JBS
*"We're Only as Good as Our Customers Think We Are," Bruce Feinberg, McDonald's Global Health and Welfare Officer
*"Dairy Calf Care and Management," Dr. Amy Stanton, UW-Madison/UW-Extension
*"Humane Euthanasia," Dr. Kurt Voegel, UW-River Falls
*"Lameness in Feedlot and Cow/Calf Operations," Dr. Jan Shearer, Iowa State University
The conference will be held at Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Dr, Kimberly, WI, 54136. Registration for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and humane officers is $75 on or before April 16, and $85 after April 16. General registration fee is $45 on or before April 16, and $55 after April 16.
This program has been approved for up to 5.4 hours of continuing education credits for veterinary practitioners, veterinary technicians, and humane officers. One Beef/Dairy Beef Quality Assurance credit will be offered. Four credits will be offered for American Registry for Professional Animal Scientists.
Go to http://fyi.uwex.edu/animalhusbandryconference/ for the program agenda and registration information. The program is presented by UW-Extension Dairy and Livestock Teams, and monetary sponsors include: Zooetis, JBS, McDonalds, National Dairy Farm Program, Equity Livestock Cooperative, Merial, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Wisconsin Beef Council, Elanco, and Wisconsin Farmers Union.