WASHINGTON – The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) invites meat industry professionals to attend its annual Animal Care and Handling Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, Oct. 19-20. The 1½ day workshop is designed for managers, production and pen supervisors, training managers, quality assurance and safety staff and others involved in training personnel in animal driving, handling and stunning.

“With the meat and poultry industry processing 33 million cattle, 113 million hogs, 2.1 million sheep and lamb, and 248 million turkeys in 2012, animal handling issues are vitally important to our industry and the success of our businesses,” according to NAMI. The event will feature several presentations by animal handling expert and longtime MEAT+POULTRY Contributing Editor, Temple Grandin Ph.D.

The conference, which has been held annually since 1999, is designed to help improve productivity, efficiency and product quality while learning the latest humane handling and stunning practices.

The conference will start at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Westin Crown Center in downtown Kansas City and will adjourn at noon on Friday, Oct. 20. There will be a pre-conference transportation workshop Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for an additional fee.

The conference is open to anyone in meat industry including:
• CEOs and senior managers who seek to understand new customer demands, and how to meet them.
• Plant managers and operations personnel responsible for implementing new animal handling programs – or improving existing ones.
• New livestock handlers on the front-lines.
• Producers who want to understand animal welfare from farm to plant.
• Animal welfare auditors looking to sharpen their skills.
• Retail and restaurant companies who seek to understand the issues and challenges involved in animal care and handling.

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