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Speakers to Cover Building a Culture of Care at 2020 Virtual Summit

Fri, 17 Apr 2020 08:21:43 CDT

Speakers to Cover Building a Culture of Care at 2020 Virtual Summit The Animal Agriculture Alliance's 2020 Virtual Stakeholders Summit will leave you primed and prepared with the tools you need to take action and protect the future of animal agriculture and your business. The virtual event will take place on May 7 - 8 and in a series of preconference webinars kicking off on April 30. For more information and to register, visit Summit.AnimalAgAlliance.org.

Session Highlight: Building a Culture of Care

It’s important for farms, plants and other businesses to ensure that animal care is a core value and component to their company’s culture. This is key when it comes to hiring, training and managing employees, as we count on them to care for our livestock and immediately stop and report any instances of inappropriate handling. In this preconference webinar sponsored by Elanco Animal Health, expert panelists with diverse backgrounds will discuss how farms and companies can build a culture of care throughout their business.

Michelle Calvo-Lorenzo, PhD, chief animal welfare officer at Elanco (panel moderator), leads discussions and develops strategies related to animal welfare, with a focus on the areas of research, communication, guidance, and innovative services to the livestock industry, practicing veterinarians, public, and Elanco’s customers and employees.
Robert Hagevoort, PhD, extension dairy specialist and associate professor at New Mexico State University, works individually with dairies and collectively with producer associations on implementing and evaluating comprehensive workforce training programs in dairy safety, animal handling, parlor performance, calf care, feeder performance, and hospital and maternity care.
Max Irsik, manager of animal agriculture at KCoe Isom, uses his specialization in livestock as well as row crop operations to help clients successfully optimize, expand, and transition their agribusinesses.
Josh Linde, pig farmer and general manager at The Maschhoffs has a passion for raising pigs that goes back to when he was growing up on the family farm. Linde joined The Maschhoffs in 2009 and in 2017 was promoted to general manager of the Heartland Region, which finishes approximately 1.6 million market hogs annually.



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