Texas Tech Hosts Animal Science Symposium Featuring Temple Grandin

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources hosts mini symposium on Beta Agonists and Animal Welfare.

WHAT:           Texas Tech University College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources hosts mini symposium on Beta Agonists and Animal Welfare.

WHEN:           9:30 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 18)

WHERE:         The Texas Tech Club

EVENT:          Beta agonists are feed additives used to increase cattle and pig growth, improve efficiency and lower the livestock carbon footprint. The morning features key speaker Temple Grandin, a doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University (CSU). Grandin is one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. She also is an author and industrial designer whose own autism inspired her work of alleviating human and animal stress.

  •  9:30 a.m.:  Welcome, John McGlone, professor, Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech
  • 9:40 a.m.:  Beta agonists use in commercial pig and pork production, Dave Anderson, consultant, retired from Elanco, affiliate faculty, Animal Science, CSU
  • 10:10 a.m.:  Evidence for beta agonists as an animal welfare concern, Guy Loneragan, professor, Animal and Food Science, Texas Tech
  • 10:40 a.m.:  Do beta agonists impact animal well-being?, Ty Lawrence, associate professor, Agricultural Science, West Texas A&M University
  • 11:10 a.m.:  Observations in the field related to beta agonists and animal welfare, Temple Grandin, professor, Animal Science, CSU
  • 11:40 a.m.:  Panel discussion
  • Noon: Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m.:  Adjourn

There is no cost for the symposium, but space is limited and RSVP is required.

The event is sponsored in part by Elanco Animal Health, Merck Animal Health, and the Laboratory of Animal Behavior, Physiology and Welfare at Texas Tech University.

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CONTACT:John McGlone, professor; director, Animal Care Services; director, Pork Industry Institute; Department of Animal and Food Science, (806) 742-2805, john.mcglone@ttu.edu.