4th International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare
July 16-18, 2014


4th International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Iowa State University, Jeff & Deb Hansen Agricultural Student Learning Center
12:00 Noon Registration
12:30-1:00 Welcome and Orientation
1:00-2:15 Hands-on Rotation 1; On Farm Euthanasia; Lead Faculty- Drs. Grant Dewell and Suzanne Millman
2:30-3:45 Hands-on Rotation 2; Lameness diagnosis and treatment; Lead Faculty- Drs. Jan Shearer and Paul Plummer
3:45-4:15 Break
4:15-5:30 Hands-on Rotation 3; Practical tips for improving welfare during processing; Lead Faculty- Drs. Renee Dewell and Dee Griffin.
6:00 Steak Dinner – sponsored by Iowa Beef Industry Council; grilled by Story County Cattleman's Association
   
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Iowa State University Alumni Center
7:00-7:45 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:45-8:00 Welcome
8:00-8:30

How to Lose the Argument on Animal Welfare…Top 10 Reasons
Dr. Dave Daley, Chico State University, Chico, California

8:30-9:00 Understanding Animal Welfare
Dr. David Fraser, UBC, Vancouver, Canada
9:00-9:30 Farm to Fork; A Beef Producers' Perspective on Beef Cattle Welfare Priorities
Ann Burkholder, Will Feed Inc., Cozad, Nebraska
9:30-10:00 Farm to Fork; A Meat Packers Perspective on Beef Cattle Welfare Priorities
Dr. Lily Edwards-Callaway, JBS, Greeley, Colorado
10:00-10:30 Refreshment Break
10:30-11:00 Why Should We Care What Consumers Think About Beef Cattle Welfare?
David Fikes, Vice President, Consumer/Community Affairs & Communications, Food Marketing Institute, Arlington, Virginia
11:00-11:30 The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare
Dr. Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
11:30-Noon Current and Future Beef Cattle Welfare Concerns
Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
Noon-1:00 pm Lunch and Poster Session, sponsored by Merial
1:00-1:30 Knowledge Gaps in the Beef Cattle Welfare Literature- Results of a Beef Checkoff-Funded Literature Review

Dr. Cassandra Tucker, UC Davis, Davis, California
1:30-2:00 Beta-agonists; A Beef Veterinarians' Perspective
Dr. Dan Thomson, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
2:00-2:30 Low Stress Cattle Handling- What's in it for Me?
Dr. Tom Noffsinger, Production Animal Consultation, Benkelman, Nebraska
2:30-3:00 Environmental Stress and Animal Welfare Concerns
Dr. Terry Mader University of Nebraska, Emeritus Professor Mader Consulting, LLC, Gretna, Nebraska
3:00-3:30 Refreshment Break
3:30-4:15 An Overview of the Latest Research Examining the Impact of Stress on the Health and Welfare of Beef Cattle
Dr. Bernadette Earley, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Ireland
4:15-5:00 Strategies for Reducing Stress and Improving Beef Welfare at Weaning- A South American Perspective
Dr. Maria José Hötzel, Laboratório de Etologia Aplicada e Bem-Estar Animal, Departamento de Zootecnia e Desenvolvimento Rural, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil

5:00-5:30

Project Summary: Improving Immunity, Health, and Well-Being of Beef Cattle in Production Environments
Dr. Jeff Carroll, Research Leader, Livestock Issues Research, Lubbock, Texas

6:00-8:00 Opening Reception and Entertainment, sponsored by Merial
Reiman Gardens
Presentation by Greg Peterson of The Peterson Farm Brothers
   
Friday, July 18, 2014
Iowa State University Alumni Center
7:00-8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00-9:00 Understanding and Managing the Animal Welfare Impacts of Painful Livestock Management Procedures in Beef Cattle- An Australian Perspective
Carol Petherick, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Animal Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, Queensland, Australia
9:00-9:30 Lameness Assessment and Management in Feedlot Cattle
Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, Canada
9:30-10:00 Can Analgesics Pay for Themselves?
Hans Coetzee, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
10:00-10:30 Refreshment Break
10:30-10:45 Characterizing the BRD Sickness Response - Opportunities for Improved Disease Detection
Rachel Toaff-Rosenstein, University of California, Davis, California
10:45-11:00 Assessing Cow-calf Welfare: A Pilot Study on 10 California Ranches
Gabrielle Simon, University of California, Davis, California
11:00-11:15 Research Summary 3 Evaluation of Long-haul Shipping Stress for Beef Cattle Transported from Hawaii to the Mainland United States
Ashley Stokes, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
11:15-11:30 Research Summary 4 Balking Behavior Incidence in Fed Cattle at the Processing Plant and Carcass Implications
Michelle Thomas, University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, Arkansas
11:30-11:45 Research Summary 5 The Effects of Technology use in Feedlot Production Systems on the Behavior and Mobility of Finishing Steers
Bryan Bernhard, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma
11:30-11:45 Closing Remarks and Adjourn
12:00 Noon Boxed Lunch

 



   
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