You won’t want to miss this newly designed hybrid experience that will provide valuable insights into the critical topic of animal care and handling.

Wholesome meat and poultry starts with raising healthy animals and providing the most humane care throughout their life cycle.  This hybrid conference provides expert instruction on a range of topics affecting meat and poultry processing companies by addressing key strategies for continuous improvement in animal care and handling.  From the latest in animal welfare philosophy to best practices in movement and stunning, the Animal Care and Handling Conference offers instruction at a range of levels from leading academic and industry experts.

Who Should Attend?

  • CEOs and senior managers who seek to understand new customer demands – and how to meet them.
  • Plant managers and operations personnel responsible for implementing new animal handling programs – or improving existing ones.
  • New livestock handlers on the front-lines.
  • Producers who want to understand animal welfare from farm to plant.
  • Animal welfare auditors looking to sharpen their skills.
  • Retail and restaurant companies who seek to understand the issues and challenges involved in animal care and handling.

Don’t be left behind! The meat industry is uniting for the future by committing to the Protein PACT, which provides robust metrics for continuous improvement in animal welfare, among other operational areas.  Your participation in industry events will be critical to understanding the metrics and goals that will be driving the industry forward over the next 10 years. These metrics are available at The cumulative events presented as part of this conference will help you improve your own animal welfare systems and provide an understanding of the Protein PACT and the role that individual companies will play. 

We have designed registration options to fit the needs of your organization.

In-Person Registration: Attendees will have digital access to all on-demand content and the opportunity to attend the face-to-face meeting October 14-15 in Kansas City with exclusive content. Be part of the discussion that helps to shape the future of the meat industry and be part of the live Q&A! (20 hours of content and additional networking opportunities with industry colleagues)

In-Person registration includes 2 additional registrations for virtual-only access to share with other animal care professionals on-staff who cannot attend face-to-face.

Virtual Only Access: This limited access pass gives attendees the option to learn from the comfort of their desks. Content includes pre-conference education, on-demand sessions, and post-conference education. The on-demand sessions do not include recordings of the live Q&A. (11 hours of content).

Whether you are attending live or virtually, attendees will have the ability for 1:1 networking through the appointment scheduler.

The 2021 Animal Care & Handling Conference is generously sponsored by: