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USPOULTRY, NCC, NTF and UEP Partner on Live Production, Welfare & Biosecurity Seminar

July 28, 2017 · No Comments

For Immediate Release
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association

Contact: Gwen Venable, 678.514.1971, gvenable@uspoultry.org

Anna Leigh Peek, 770.635.9057, alpeek@uspoultry.org


USPOULTRY, NCC, NTF and UEP Partner on Live Production, Welfare & Biosecurity Seminar

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

“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.

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 extremist activities, consumer-driven challenges and impact on the bottom line, welfare audits, bird welfare and behavior, and more. A new addition to the program are breakout sessions that will address broiler-, turkey- and egg-specific topics, 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. Front row (pictured left to right): Michael Cronic, House of Raeford; Dr. Casey Ritz, University of Georgia; Victoria Ahlmeyer, National Turkey Federation; Dr. Claudia Dunkley, University of Georgia; Roddy Sanders, Peco Foods Inc.; and Travis Strickland, Farbest Farms, Inc. Back row (pictured left to right): Eric Greene, Claxton Poultry Farms Inc.; Mike Levengood (committee chairman), Perdue Farms, Inc.; Ken Martin, Fieldale Farms Corporation; Bill Staugler, Cooper Farms, Inc.; Kevin Lastowski, Cal-Maine Foods; Steve Taylor, Midwest Poultry Services LP; and David Lathem, Lathem Family Farms.

USPOULTRY will continue to manage the conference logistics, including the website information, registration and onsite arrangements. To learn more and register for the Live Production, Welfare & Biosecurity Seminar, click here or visit www.uspoultry.org.


U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is an all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today’s poultry industry, with a focus on progressively serving member companies through research, education, communications and technical assistance. Founded in 1947, USPOULTRY is based in Tucker, Ga.

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