Iowa to Host Beef Cattle Welfare Symposium

The 4th International Beef Cattle Welfare Symposium is designed for veterinarians, students, animal scientists, beef producers, retailers and government officials.

Attendees will discuss, debate and learn more about the specific welfare issues that are certain to impact and change the beef cattle industry.

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Iowa State University will host the 4th International Beef Cattle Welfare Symposium July 16-18. The event is designed for veterinarians, students, animal scientists, beef producers, retailers and government officials.

Attendees will be able “to discuss, debate and learn more about the specific welfare issues that are certain to impact and change the beef cattle industry, based on the ever-changing production practices and in response to animal welfare concerns in the livestock and poultry industries.” Such issues will include all angles of the beef supply chain, according the university, including social concerns, production, environment, transportation, processing, marketing, trade regulations and legislation.

The first day is designed to provide participants with hands-on experience in diagnosing and treating lameness in beef cattle, practicing the correct technique for on-farm euthanasia and learning a variety of on-farm techniques for minimizing stress during handling and management procedures, including dehorning.

The other two days will consist of a scientific program. Sessions will include discussions about current and future beef cattle welfare concerns, low stress cattle handling, beta-agonist use, lameness and pain management.

For symposium details and registration info, visit their website.

There is also an option to attend the symposium via a live webcast.

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