June 2022

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June 23-24, 2022

The 6th International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare will be held June 2022 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

The symposium brings together renowned beef experts that will discuss their latest research findings and emerging animal welfare issues that face the beef cattle industry. The symposium features topics of interest for producers, processors, retailers, government officials, NGOs, animal scientists, veterinarians and students.

The symposium will feature research on indoor beef production practices, the development of new or enhanced methods/tools for animal welfare assessment, emerging issues in beef production and management, and sustainable production. Research is critical to provide the science and technology to help stakeholders make informed decisions about best beef production and management practices to be sustainable and to secure the well-being of beef cattle. Two discussion round tables will be offered each day for participants to engage a discussion with the speakers and each other.

Symposium sessions will feature the latest research on four beef cattle welfare topics:  

  • Advances in Indoor Beef Cattle Housing and Production
  • Smart Agriculture in the Beef Industry
  • Emerging Issues in Animal Welfare
  • Cow-Calf Management and General Beef Production

In addition, to expert talks the program will feature five wet labs:

  • Managing beef cattle welfare in the chronic pen
  • Evaluating and managing beef cattle welfare during handling and processing
  • Humane cattle euthanasia
  • Cattle Behavior Tracking - Allflex/SCR/Merck
  • Technology to automate data collection from bunk to chute

The symposium is calling for student abstract (undergraduate, graduate and veterinary students) submission for poster presentations. Five student abstracts will be selected by the abstract review committee and invited to give oral presentations during the program.

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Michigan State University to host sixth International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare in June 2022

March 25, 2020

Rescheduled to June 2022, the Symposium will bring together academia experts, students, producers, retailers, government officials and industry representatives to discuss the latest in beef welfare.