As the world population continues to grow, safe and wholesome food production remains a priority. Denny Bauer, University of Nebraska Extension educator in Brown, Keya Paha and Rock counties, says that it's essential that Nebraska livestock producers make themselves familiar with the perceptions and perspectives of animal welfare in relation to consumers, retailers and advocacy groups.
To that end, a series of four seminars are planned for early next month to give livestock produces the knowledge need to continue to do what they do best—feed the world.
By attending a seminar, livestock producers will have a better understanding of:
Society's perception of animal care.
Ethics in farm animal welfare debates.
Economic aspects of animal welfare.
Animal protein global markets and issues.
Speakers scheduled for the four meetings are Candace Croney, Purdue University, addressing how societal views regarding animal care have evolved and the role of ethics in current farm animal debates; Dan Thomson, Kansas State University, addressing ag industry principles and why we do the things we do; Jim Robb, Livestock Information Marketing Center, addressing global protein needs and markets; and Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University, economic aspects of animal welfare.
Dates and locations for the seminars are: Feb. 6, Nielsen Community Center, West Point; Feb. 7, UNL East Campus Union, Lincoln; Feb. 8, Buffalo County Extension office at the Fairgrounds, Kearney; and Feb. 9, Gering Civic Center, Gering. Sessions run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with registration set for 9:30 a.m.
Early bird registration deadline is Jan. 31. Cost is $50 per person and $25 for each additional person from the same operation.
Contact Denny Bauer at 402-387-2213 or email him at [email protected].