ISU hosting beef cattle symposium
AMES — Iowa State University will host the Fourth International Beef Cattle Welfare Symposium July 16-18.
The symposium will bring together beef producers, processors, retailers, government officials, NGOs, animal scientists, veterinarians and students to discuss, debate and learn more about specific welfare issues encompassing all angles of the beef supply chain, including social concerns, production, environment, transportation, processing, marketing, trade regulations and legislation.
During the first day of the symposium, participants will get hands-on experience in diagnosing and treating lameness in beef cattle. Participants will practice the correct technique for on-farm euthanasia and learn a variety of on-farm techniques for minimizing stress during handling and management procedures, including dehorning. This portion of the symposium will take place in the new state-of-the-art Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center on the ISU campus.
The July 17 and July 18 program will take place at the ISU Alumni Center. The sessions will include in-depth discussions about current and future beef cattle welfare concerns, low-stress cattle handling, beta-agonist use, lameness and pain management from industry experts, including Temple Grandin, Dan Thomson and Tom Noffsinger. World renowned beef cattle experts, bovine practitioners and animal scientists from Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Canada and the United States will provide an international perspective on global issues such as the impact of stress on the health and welfare of beef cattle, strategies for reducing stress and improving welfare at weaning, and understanding and managing the animal welfare impacts of painful procedures in beef cattle.
The program will feature Greg Peterson of the Peterson Farm Brothers, whose parodies of popular songs convey a positive message about agriculture and livestock production. Their videos have more than 15 million views on YouTube.
Registration is open. Special rates are available before July 1 and for Iowa Cattlemen’s Association members. Those unable to attend in person can attend via a live webcast. Rates are available for both individuals and groups to join the webcast.
Each participant who attends is eligible to receive a certificate for 14.5 Continuing Education Units from the Iowa Veterinary Medical Board at the conclusion of the symposium.
For information or to register, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/registration/events/conferences/beefwelfare.