U.S. poultry groups partner on new seminar

Topics to include animal welfare, biosecurity and consumer-driven challenges.

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Assn. (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council (NCC), National Turkey Federation (NTF) and United Egg Producers (UEP) announced July 24 a new collaboration in hosting the Live Production, Welfare & Biosecurity Seminar, to be held Sept. 19-20, 2017, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

The seminar will address topics and challenges associated with poultry and egg live operations, with a specific focus on animal welfare and biosecurity. The agenda will cover the latest in animal rights activities, consumer-driven challenges and the impact on the bottom line, welfare audits, bird welfare and behavior and more.

“In the past, USPOULTRY has served as sole sponsor of the seminar. However, partnering with our sister poultry organizations is an obvious fit to provide the best possible programming to maximize effectiveness for our turkey, broiler and egg laying managers,” said planning committee chairman Mike Levengood, vice president, chief animal care officer and farmer relationship advocate for Perdue Farms. Levengood is also a USPOULTRY board member.

A new addition to the program is breakout sessions that will address topics specific to the broiler, turkey and egg sectors, as well as networking and knowledge exchange opportunities with other industry professionals. 

The seminar agenda was developed by a committee of live production managers, poultry health professionals and university professors.

USPOULTRY will continue to manage the conference logistics, including website information, registration and on-site arrangements. To learn more about the Live Production, Welfare & Biosecurity Seminar, visit www.uspoultry.org. 

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