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By Mary Hightower U of A System Division of AgricultureMarch 8, 2019
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For ranchers and other animal food producers, the wellbeing of
their herds and stock is at the core of every choice they make.
“It’s the thing that overarches everything we do,” said Mike Looper, head of the Animal
Science Department that’s part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
and the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences. “It’s our responsibility
to make sure those animals are healthy.”
The upcoming Current issues and Advances in Food Animal Wellbeing Forum, scheduled
for March 28 in Russellville, Arkansas, is designed to address that core issue, Looper
said, as well as many of the day-to-day decisions that play into achieving a desirable
“Animal wellbeing is paramount to all aspects of our industry,” Looper said. “This
forum will provide practical information that will have valuable on-farm application.”
Looper said that labor issues, often overlooked in animal wellbeing considerations,
will be at the forefront of forum discussions, as will be the use of antibiotics and
“We know that the indiscriminant use of antibiotics can lead to resistance, both in
human and animal medicine,” he said. “And we all want to be good stewards of our environment.
Something as simple as improperly administering an injection can be an animal wellbeing
issue. It can also be a food safety issue, because that animal is part of the food
The forum will include experts from industry and academia. The event at the Hughes
Center in Russellville opens at 9 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. The $25 registration
fee includes lunch. Pre-event registration by March 22 is required and attendees
may be by cash, check or credit card at the door. The Hughes Center is located at
1000 E. Parkway Ave., Russellville.
The topics include:
“We are truly excited about this collaborative effort among the UA, Division of Agriculture,
Arkansas Farm Bureau, and Farm Credit,” Looper said. “Our speakers for this forum
are experts from the industry as well as top-notch land grant institutions.”
This program is part of the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association’s Food Animal
Medicine Workshop Series and is presented in cooperation with the Arkansas Farm Bureau
Federation, Farm Credit and the Animal Science King Visiting Scholar Program.
The event is approved for three continuing education credit hours by American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.
For more information about managing livestock, visit www.uaex.uada.edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to
participate or need materials in another format, please contact Megan Maulden, 501-671-2177
office as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org