FRESH IDEAS AND GLOBAL INSIGHTS TAKE SPOTLIGHT AT 2016 LIVESTOCK CARE CONFERENCE
HIGH RIVER, ALBERTA — Fresh opportunities, global perspectives and lively discussion are set to capture the spotlight at the 2016 Livestock Care Conference, March 22-23 in Olds, Alta., hosted by Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC).
Registration is now open for the long-standing annual conference, designed for producers, industry, students and others with an interest in responsible livestock care.
“The new year brings a lot of new developments and opportunities that we look forward to showcasing at the conference,” says Dr. Angela Greter, Executive Director of AFAC. “We are fortunate to have a strong lineup of speakers and topics that offer a range of perspectives. We encourage everyone with an interest in livestock care to attend and contribute to the knowledge-sharing.”
Animal welfare is not only an every day focus for livestock industries, it is also a rising focal point for consumers and society, says Greter. “It impacts the social license and market acceptance of animal agriculture, both in Canada and around the world. Keeping up with the latest best practices and issue management options has become critical to success for modern agriculture.”
The Livestock Care Conference begins Tuesday, March 22, with two special sessions in the afternoon. The first is a Sheep Handling Workshop led by expert stockman Curt Pate. This is followed by a “Meet the Experts” session for post secondary students. Conference participants are also invited to attend the AFAC Annual General Meeting in the evening.
The main speaker agenda is Wednesday, March 23, kicking-off with a message from the Provincial Minister of Agriculture and Forestry and a welcome and update from the AFAC Executive Director. Brenda Schoepp discusses The Interconnetion Between Human and Animal Welfare; Dr. Jennifer Walker talks Animal Welfare at the Intersection Between Politics, Policy, Profit & People; Leona Dargis presents on Animal Welfare Around the World; Dr. Alexandra Harlander discusses Hot Topics in Poultry Welfare; and Marion Popkin presents on All About Rabbits.
In addition, the conference features a ‘Bear Pit’ Panel Session on “When Manure Hits the Fan.” Bear Pit panelists include Darren Vanstone of World Animal Protection, Jackie Wepruk of National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC), Brandy Street of the BC.SPCA and Michelle Follensbee of the Animal Welfare Branch of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.
“AFAC is about the livestock industry working together to promote responsible animal care,” says Kristen McDonald, AFAC Marketing and Membership Manager. “This year’s Livestock Care Conference agenda features some excellent information and insights to help support that progress. Whether you are a student, a long-time industry veteran, or somewhere in between, we would love to see you there.”
Complete agenda details and registration information is available at www.afac.ab.ca. Follow at hashtag #LCC2016.
Alberta Farm Animal Care
PO Box 5201
#5 112 Centre St. SE
High River, AB, T1V 1M4
Phone: (403) 652-5111
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