3rd International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare

Delta Bessborough Hotel - Saskatoon, SK


Central Standard Time (C.S.T.)


Tuesday, June 5th

Wednesday, June 6th

Thursday, June 7th

7:30 AM




8:30 AM

"The Globalization of Animal Welfare"

Dr. David Fraser

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, B.C.

Graduate Student Research Summaries

"Comparison of Flight Speed and Exit Score as Measurements of Temperament in Beef Cattle"

Mikaela Vetters (Colorado State University)

"Physical Factors Affecting Infrared Thermography as an Indicator of Body Temperature in Beef Cattle"

Paige Hegadoren (Thompson Rivers University)

"Impact of Oral Meloxicam Administration Before and After Castration on Feedlot Performance and Behavioral and Physiological Responses in Yearling Beef"

Paul Repenning (Colorado State University)

9:00 AM

"Who Can Serve 2 Masters - The Producer and Society"

Dr. Terry Whiting

Manitoba Agriculture Food & Rural Initiatives, Winnipeg, MB

9:30 AM

"Integration of Competing Concepts Surrounding the Ethical Use of Food Animals”

Dr. Wes Jamison

Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL

“Animal Welfare Issues and Initiatives in Canada’s Beef Industry”

Dr. Reynold Bergen

Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Calgary, AB

10:00 AM


"Environmental Stress and Animal Welfare Concerns"

Dr. Terry Mader

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

"Consequences of Ruminal Acidosis on the Health of Cattle"

Dr. Greg Penner

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

10:30 AM


Refreshment Break

Refreshment Break

11:00 AM


“Improving Transparency for Animal Agriculture"

Michael Martin

Cargill, Inc., Wichita, KS

"The Welfare Implications of Weaning Stress"

Dr. Derek Haley

Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, ON

11:30 AM


"Cattle Transport in North America - Current Welfare Research and Future Directions"

Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein

Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, AB

"Pain Management - What’s In It For Me?

Dr. Hans Coetzee

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

12 noon


“Improvements in the Welfare of Feedlot Cattle: Changes Over the Last Thirty Years”

Dr. Kee Jim

Feedlot Health Management Services, Okotoks, AB

"Sustainability in Beef - the Nexus Between Environmental Quality and Cattle Welfare"

Dr. Frank Mitloehner

University of California, Davis, CA

12:30 - 1:30 PM



LUNCH and Closing Remarks

1:30 PM


"Issues in the Assessment of Animal Welfare"

Dr. Jeff Rushen

Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Agassiz, BC

TOURS - 1:30 - 4:30 PM



- Canadian Light Source Synchrotron


2:00 PM


"Nutritional Welfare Problems in Beef Cattle"

Dr. John Campbell

Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, SK

2:30 PM


"Lameness in Cattle: More Than Just Footrot"

Dr. Chris Clark

Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, SK


3:00 PM


Refreshment Break


3:30 PM


"Current State of Affairs for Beef Cattle Welfare in Mexico"

Dr. Francisco Galindo

National Autonomous University of Mexico , Mexico City, MX


4:00 PM


"Handling, Transport and Slaughter - Past, Present and Future"

Dr. Temple Grandin

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO






6:00 PM CST


Buses depart for Western Development Museum from Bessborough Lobby


6:15 PM


Western Development Museum


7:00 PM

Opening Remarks


7:30 PM

Travis Toews

Past-President, Canadian Cattlemen's Association

DINNER and Entertainment

Western Development Museum


8:00 -10:00 PM


Terrace Lounge (Delta Bessborough)