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Don't miss the Livestock Care Conference, March 26-27, 2015

Posted: February 25, 2015

Delivering leadership in farm animal care is the focus of the 2015 Annual Livestock Care Conference (LCC), held March 26 and 27 at the Calgary Stampede Grounds in Calgary, Alberta.

The annual conference is hosted by Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) in partnership with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA).

"Farm animal care is one of the most talked about issues in today's livestock industry," says Beauvallon, Alta, beef producer Brian Chomlak, Chair of AFAC. "There are many developments, new expectations and fresh opportunities to consider. The purpose of the Livestock Care Conference is to bring together top speakers, producers and other representatives from across the various livestock sectors, to share knowledge and ideas that can help drive our industry forward."

Thursday, March 26 features two optional sessions. The first is a Low-Stress Cattle Handling and Body Condition Scoring Workshop, delivered by nationally-recognized stockmanship instructor Curt Pate and veterinarian Dr. Kent Fenton of Feedlot Health Management Services. The second is a "Meet the Experts" session for post-secondary students only, which links together students with agriculture industry mentors in a fun learning environment.

Friday, March 27 is the main agenda of the Livestock Care Conference, featuring a variety of speakers on key topics. Following welcoming messages from the provincial agriculture minister and from AFAC, morning speakers include Brent Moen, President of Verus Swine Management Services on "Perception is reality," and Dr. Cody Creelman of Veterinary Agri-Health Services, on "Social Media in Animal Agriculture."

Afternoon speakers include Dr. David Fraser of the University of British Columbia, on "Understanding Animal Welfare," and industry consultant Nick Black on "Understanding Consumer Perceptions," followed by an interactive "Bear Pit" session on hot topics of the day, moderated by Debra Murphy of RealAgriculture. The day rounds out with a Diversified Livestock Panel session, featuring perspectives from Hugh Simpson of Osprey Bluffs Honey Company and long-time farm animal care and health advocate Dr. Terry Church.

Everyone with an interest in farm animal care is encouraged to attend and be a part of the conversation, says Dr. Angela Greter, Acting Executive Director of AFAC. "The opportunity to learn from one another and identify ways to work together is one of the most important aspects of the event."

Get complete details, including registration information, on the AFAC website at www.afac.ab.ca.