Tyson Center for Food Animal Wellbeing to host poultry welfare symposium Oct. 12
“In a state that is one of the nation’s largest producers of broilers and turkeys, poultry health and welfare are top of mind for us,” aid Shawna Weimer.
By Jessica Wesson
Center of Excellence for Poultry Science
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Sept. 9, 2022
- Free hybrid event on Oct. 12
- Speakers will discuss challenges in poultry welfare
- Online registration is now open
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Tyson Center for Food Animal Wellbeing will host its 8th annual symposium on Oct. 12 in a hybrid format, with speakers focusing on poultry welfare and what the industry is doing to increase knowledge in this area.
There is no cost to attend either in-person or online. The Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization, PAACO, will be offering seven continuing education credits for those in attendance.
The event runs from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The in-person event will be held at the Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences,1371 W. Altheimer Dr. in Fayetteville, and lunch will be provided.
Registration is available online.
“In a state that is one of the nation’s largest producers of broilers and turkeys, poultry health and welfare are top of mind for us,” aid Shawna Weimer, director of the Tyson Center for Food Animal Wellbeing, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “Our speakers are bringing a broad set of perspectives on this issue and no matter how long we’ve been in this field, there’s always something we can learn from our colleagues.”
- 9 a.m. — Welcome — David Caldwell, director of Center for Excellence of Poultry Science and Weimer.
- 9:15 a.m. — “Thinking Outside of the Box to Tackle Poultry Welfare: A Nutritional Immunologist's Perspective”— Elizabeth Bobeck, associate professor at Iowa State University.
- 10 a.m. — “Enriching the Environment for Broilers”— Leonie Jacobs, assistant professor at Virginia Tech.
- 11 a.m. — “Birds Flying High: Cage-free Houses and Skeletal Welfare of Laying Hens” — Prafulla Regmi, assistant professor at the University of Georgia.
- 11:45 a.m. — Lunch
- 12:45 p.m. — “Poultry Welfare Adulting: Where, What, How” — Amelia Woods, poultry welfare manager, PAACO.
- 1:45 p.m. — “Current Issues in Turkey Welfare” — Brian Wooming, DVM, Cargill veterinarian.
- 2:45 p.m. — “Communication, Culture, and the Five Domains” — Dallas Wynn, senior manager of animal welfare for Tyson Foods.
- 3:30 p.m. — Poultry Welfare and the Building of Customer Relationships - Whitny Haley, Director of Animal Welfare for Simmons Foods.
- 4:15 p.m. Closing remarks — Weimer.
To learn more about the Center for Food Animal Wellbeing, visit https://foodanimalwellbeing.uada.edu/.
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About the Tyson Center for Food Animal Wellbeing
The University of Arkansas has a deep-rooted relationship with the food animal industry in the areas of outreach and applied research. The Tyson Center for Food Animal Wellbeing (CFAW) team works closely with three units within the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture: the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, the Department of Animal Science, and the National Agricultural Law Center. The CFAW goal is to improve animal health, handling, and productivity through husbandry practices that optimize animal welfare.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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