Farmed Animal Watch
A Project of Animal Place

December 31, 2002                                                     (To Search This Page Press Ctrl F)
Issue #100

UPDATE: One million chickens have been ordered killed in California after Newcastle disease was found in a million-bird egg operation in San Bernardino County. (See issue #99.) The quarantine area has been expanded to include San Diego and Orange Counties after the virus was found in a flock of 75,000 chickens in San Diego County. Poultry and poultry products cannot be moved out of the quarantine areas except for eggs that have been washed and repackaged.
"California Orders Destruction of 1 Million Infected Chickens," Associated Press, Dec. 31, 2002.

December 31, 2002

BANFF PORK SEMINAR: Red Deer, Alberta, January 14-17. The Banff Pork Seminar features speakers of international caliber who are recognized authorities in their field. The seminar is designed for participants who are interested in improving their knowledge and decision-making abilities in pork production. Commercial pork producers, researchers, agribusiness service and supply representatives, extension and education specialists, and anyone interested in the latest information in pork production and technology are invited to attend. (403) 340-5336
INTERNATIONAL POULTRY EXPOSITION & POULTRY SCIENTIFIC FORUM: Atlanta, Georgia, January 21-24. "The International Poultry Exposition is one trade show you shouldn't miss! Every segment of the poultry and egg industry is represented: feed milling, live production, hatchery, processing, further processing, packaging, commercial egg, marketing, and all support activities." (770) 493-9401
EIGHTH ANNUAL WINTER AG EXPO: Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells,WI., January 23-25. "Seminars and educational programs for beef and pork production throughout Wisconsin.
A pork industry marketing seminar, ‘Changing Times - Marketing for the Future' will occur on Friday. Youth Expo Day offers educational activities for 4-H and FFA youth. The Taste of Elegance competition will showcase chefs as they create and display their new pork entrees." 1-800-822-7675 or 608-723-7551 or e-mail:;jsessionid=5NAN212SRLZW2CQBAM4CFEQ?article_id=1008817
FIFTH INTERNATIONAL DAIRY HOUSING CONFERENCE: Fort Worth, Tx, January 29-31. Attendees will be able to take in over 50 presentations covering a variety of specialty fields and given by speakers from around the world. Optional Erath County dairy tour. Erath County is the number one dairy county in Texas, with over $200 million in milk sales in 2001. You will have the opportunity to visit both drylot and freestall dairies: &
CATTLE INDUSTRY ANNUAL CONVENTION AND TRADE SHOW: Nashville, Tn, January 29- Feb. 1. Educational programs, business meetings, social events & trade show.
WORLD AG EXPO: Tulare, Ca., Feb. 11-13. The exposition offers agriculture's best equipment, technology, products and services from more than 1,400 exhibitors. Opportunity to visit two modern dairies to learn about advances in dairy technology and practices. Observe milking and feeding, discuss herd health, total mixed rations (TMR), nutrition, breeding, and waste management.
AQUACULTURE AMERICA 2003: Louisville, KY, Feb. 18-21. The only major national aquaculture conference and exposition held in the U.S. Meetings of work groups, government agencies and related aquaculture activities. Program with technical sessions and producers seminars covering virtually all species involved with aquaculture. Over 200 booths of aquaculture equipment and supplies.  (760) 432-4270
USDA AGRICULTURE OUTLOOK FORUM 2003: Arlington, VA, February 20-21. The Forum will provide an overview of agricultural prospects and issues in a compact two-day format. Government officials, industry analysts, and farmers will assess farm prospects for the year ahead. Focus sessions will highlight major developments changing the business of agriculture. Attendees will receive new long-term commodity projections prepared by USDA. A Technology Expo will run concurrently with the conference. (202) 720-3050
INTERNATIONAL LIVESTOCK CONGRESS: Houston, Tx., February 25-28. Held each year during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, representatives from around the world gather to discuss relevant and critical global issues facing the cattle and horse industries. 832-667-1136 &
ANIMAL CARE AND HANDLING CONFERENCE: Kansas City, Mo., Feb, 27-28. The two-day conference features a day dedicated to regulatory developments, customer initiatives, creating an animal-welfare mindset in plants and operations and retaining an audit team. The second day allows participants to break into one of four species-specific sessions: beef, pork, poultry or egg production. During these tracks, species experts will instruct in the specific details and latest research on handling and stunning livestock and poultry to create optimal welfare. More than two dozen experts in the field of animal welfare, auditing, product quality and livestock and poultry production will offer instruction. In addition, companies that market animal handling and stunning equipment and those that offer consulting and auditing services will exhibit their products during a reception. Members of the pork industry also will have the opportunity to attend a special National Pork Board instructor training program held immediately prior to the conference. During this special session, as part of NPB's Trucker Quality Assurance (TQA) Program, pork packers will learn how they can teach drivers who transport pigs to reduce animal stress, load in extreme weather conditions, use special handling with non-ambulatory livestock and sows and properly clean and wash trucks to ensure health and safety.
(703) 841-3620
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COMPASSION FOR ANIMALS ACTION SYMPOSIUM: Tampa, Fl., March 7-9. >From the Friday reception to our Sunday departure, the Action Symposium will engage your mind & restore your spirits. Be part of this event in order to learn from the past and begin to create a more peaceful world. Talk one on one with experts of the animal rights and vegan movements. Learn how to effectively organize outreach/community education programs and conduct classroom/community presentations. Increase your knowledge in animal ethics, human health and environmental issues.

{Special thanks to Suzanne McMillan for helping to compile this list.}