Center for Food Animal Wellbeing hosts fourth annual symposium on advances and current issues in animal wellbeing

June 18, 2014
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Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton, Professor and Director, Center for Food Animal Wellbeing

Sara Landis, Communications, U of A Center of Excellence for Poultry Science

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Center for Food Animal Wellbeing will host its fourth annual symposium August 7 on advances and current issues in food animal wellbeing. The center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

The one-day symposium will be in Giffels Auditorium, inside Old Main, on the University of Arkansas campus. Registration is $25.00.

Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton, director for the Center for Food Animal Wellbeing, said “I am thrilled that this year we have an extraordinary roster of speakers with international reputations to speak on animal welfare and related issues of current interest to those of us in animal agriculture.”

Speakers include Joy Mench, University of California at Davis; Temple Grandin, Colorado State University; David Newman, North Dakota State University; Paige Glover, Aviagen Poultry; Mark Cooper, Cobb-Vantress, Inc.; the Farm Foundation; and Janeal Yancy and Elizabeth Rumley, both with the University of Arkansas.

Thaxton said the goal for the Center for Food Animal Wellbeing is to improve animal health, animal handling, food safety and productivity by developing and defining objective measurements of wellbeing including measures of behavior, stress physiology, neurophysiology, immunology, microbiology and production efficiency.

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