Technology Takes Beef Cattle Welfare Sympsoium Around the WorldThu, 20 May 2010 5:36:03 CDT
Consumers want to know more about how their food is produced, and the idea of helping them learn more about how livestock are raised and cared for is one of the hoped for outcomes of the Kansas State University´s Beef Cattle Institute's 2010 International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare that is underway in Manhattan.
Dr. Dan Thomson of Kansas State's Animal Science Department says that this Symposium has attracted the leading experts in North America that have helped develop and understand the proper handling of livestock and the standards that the industry is trying to get all stakeholders to honor.
There are about 200 in attendance at this conference in Manhattan, but Dr. Thomson says that there are over a thousand watching via a special videocast of all of the proceedings. Those watching come from 27 states, the District of Columbia and six foreign countries.
Also being worked on this week- a North America Commission on Food Animal Well Being for Cattle. Dr. Thomson says the idea of this Commission is to provide a credible voice of the standards of animal care that need to be a part of raising livestock- and to do research on areas that need improvement- as well as to help facilitate training for livetock producers and others in the livestock handling supply chain to make sure humane treatment is always a priority.
Click on the Listen Bar below for our conversation with Dr. Dan Thomson of K-State about this Sympsoium of Beef Cattle Well Being. Click here for the website pages developed for the Symposium to learn more about the program of the next couple of days.
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