Animal wellbeing symposium to be presented Aug. 1

July 3, 2013
Contact Information:

Yvonne Thaxton, Center for Food Animal Wellbeing
479-575-3595 /

Dave Edmark, Agricultural Communication Services
479-575-6940 /

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Center for Food Animal Wellbeing will present its third annual symposium on Advances and Current Issues in Animal Wellbeing on Aug. 1 at the John W. Tyson Building of the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas. The sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Leland Tollett Auditorium.

The center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. It was founded in 2011 to work toward the improvement of animal health, animal handling, food safety and productivity through the use of optimal welfare practices.

Topics and speakers at this year’s symposium will be:

• Why Animal Welfare and Why Now? -- Jennifer Walker, director, dairy stewardship, Dean Foods.

• A Veterinarian’s View -- Jeffrey Courtney, director of veterinarian

services, Pilgrim’s Pride.

• Nuisance Law and Farming, Rusty W. Rumley, National Agricultural Law Center.

• A Chef’s View of Animal Welfare -- Michael Formicella, president and co-owner, Chella Foods, Chicago.

• ABCs of Auditing Animal Welfare -- Karen Christensen, chairman, PAACO.

• The Media - A Fact of Life -- Sara Lilygren, executive vice president of corporate affairs, Tyson Foods.

• A Customer’s Perspective -- Bruce Feinberg, senior director, global quality, McDonald’s.

• Livestock Sales - Next Frontier -- Laura Marks, director of animal handling, Kansas Livestock Board, and Chris Ashworth, DVM, chairman, Animal Agriculture Alliance Board.

Conference registration is free and is available online at For more information contact Yvonne Thaxton, center director, at 479-575-3595 or