The Center for Food Animal Wellbeing of the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture will host its first annual symposium on advances and current issues in food animal wellbeing August 18 on the Fayetteville campus. Registration is free.

Speakers for the one day event will include, among others, Mike Morris, animal welfare manager for YUM Brands (KFC, Long John Silver’s, A&W Restaurants, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and WingStreet);  Dorothy McKeegan, senior lecturer with the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine; John McGlone, director of the Pork Industry Institute at Texas Tech University; Elizabeth S. Rumley, staff attorney for the National Agricultural Law Center; and Kay Johnson Smith, executive vice president of the Animal Agriculture Alliance based in Washington.

“I am excited about bringing speakers with international reputations to speak on animal welfare research and related issues of current interest to those of us in animal agriculture,” said Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton, Ph.D., director of the center.

The goal for the Center for Food Animal Wellbeing is to improve animal health, animal handling, food safety, and productivity by developing and defining objective measurements of wellbeing including measures of behavior, stress physiology, neurophysiology, immunology, microbiology and production efficiency, she said.

To register for the symposium, send your name, address and phone number to [email protected] by August 12.