Leaders from academia and the beef industry have joined to form an independent advisory group focused on beef cattle health and well-being. The North American Food Animal Well-Being Commission for Beef will advocate for increased animal care research funding, facilitate the communication of research results in a more timely manner, advance cattle health and welfare best management practices and address animal care concerns from a scientific perspective.

Kansas State University Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology Dan Thomson is co-chairman of the commission. He said people across the country are looking for more information on animal care and handling. Thomson and other commission members plan to share this story with the general public and the beef industry.

“This new partnership brings an impressive wealth of experience and expertise to the table to help bolster ongoing research and education in the area of cattle care,” said Thomson.

Among those serving on the commission with Thomson are K-State veterinarian Hans Coetzee; Academy of Veterinary Consultants Beef Cattle Health and Well-Being Committee Chairman Dave Sjeklocha, a veterinarian from Sublette; and Colorado State University animal care expert Temple Grandin. NCBA Chief Veterinarian Elizabeth Parker and NCBA Director of Producer Education Tom Field are ad hoc members of the commission.

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