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Key issues, leading speakers featured at upcoming Livestock Care Conference

Posted: February 7, 2013

New global standards in animal care, innovative assessment models for the livestock industry and round table discussions to help producers and industry stakeholders frame up key issues. That's the agenda for the Livestock Care Conference (LCC), slated for Calgary, Alta. March 21 and 22, 2013.

LCC is hosted annually by Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) in partnership with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association. The conference has built a strong track record of delivering knowledge to help producers and other stakeholders manage their role in the new world of farm animal welfare.

"Animal care is an area of increasing importance in livestock production, marketing and consumer relations," says Lorna Baird, Executive Director of AFAC. "The conference gives producers and those who work with producers and the industry a fast-paced overview of the critical issues of the day.

"That combination of big picture perspectives on the trends and main issues, along with bottom line business analysis helps producers and industry understand what is needed to manage these issues." One of the biggest benefits of the conference is it also provides an outstanding networking opportunity, she adds. Typically there is strong representation from industry and the producer community in Alberta, but also good representation nationally and even internationally.

Conference dates are coming up quickly and early registration is encouraged, says Baird. One key point is that people should be aware of is that the two day program begins with a special session for students. Those attending the general conference are welcome at an opening reception on Thursday evening, March 21, with the main program running all day Friday, March 22.

Full conference details including agenda and accommodation information is available at www.afac.ab.ca/lcc. Register online at that address or call AFAC at 403-662-8050.

AFAC is the organization representing all major livestock producer organizations in Alberta with the goal of promoting responsible farm animal care.