Traceability Theme for NIAA Annual Conference, April 10–11, Interactive Workshop, April 12th

Denver will be the host city of the 2018 NIAA Annual Conference in less than two weeks. On April 10th & 11th, the animal agriculture industry will meet to discuss Livestock Traceability: Opportunities for Animal Agriculture. Presentations and discussions will feature industry professionals, public officials and subject matter experts on traceability, current systems and emerging technology. The meeting takes place at the Renaissance Stapleton Hotel.

Immediately following the Conference on Thursday, April 12th, also at the Renaissance Stapleton in Denver, NIAA will present an interactive workshop titled Traceability and the Real World. The workshop will dive even more deeply into the topic, as well as feature further updates from the Cattle Traceability Working Group and an overview of traceability experiences in Canada. The Workshop is included in the registration for NIAA Annual Conference participants and can also be attended separately. For registration information, click HERE.

The Workshop begins with an Introduction and 'Call to Action' by Glenn Fischer, President, Allflex USA, Inc, who will then moderate the first two morning sessions. Presentations include A Glance Back, Lessons Learned That May Support Future Traceability Decisions with Neil Hammerschmidt, Former USDA Animal Traceability Program Manager, and The Evolution of the National ID and Traceability Program in Canada with Julie Stitt, Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, (Retired).

The second session will feature an update from the Cattle Traceability Working Group. Participants will include Tony Forshey, DVM, State Veterinarian, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Nevil Speer, PhD, Vice President, U.S. Operations, AgriClear, and Glenn Fischer, President, Allflex USA, Inc.

Following a short opportunity to network and spend time in the Technology Showcase booths, the workshop will reconvene at 10:15 a.m. for an interactive working session Action Items and Next Steps, moderated by Joe Leathers, General Manager, 6666 Ranch.

At 11:15 AM, an Industry Perspective on Traceability panel discussion will again be moderated Glenn Fischer, and panelists will be Chuck Adami, President & CEO, Equity Cooperative Livestock Association, Jim Lovell, Cattle Procurement, Bartlett Cattle Company, Maureen Phelon, Manager, Dairy ID Programs, Holstein Association, USA and Myriah Johnson, PhD, Agricultural Economics Consultant, Noble Research Institute.

After a box lunch (provided) and another opportunity to participate in the Technology Showcase, Ken Perlich, Perlich Brothers Auction Market, Ltd. will be introduced by Chelsea Good, J.D., Livestock Marketing Association. Mr. Perlich will give a Canadian Industry Perspective – Toward a Workable Cattle Tracking System.

The 2:00 p.m. presentation will be a panel discussion on Data Management, with a panel of Regulatory, Industry and Producer representatives. Kathryn Britton, Senior Director, Where Food Comes From will moderate the panel and participants will be Jill Wagner, Contract Manager, GlobalVetLINK and James Averill, DVM, State Veterinarian, Michigan Dept. of Agriculture.

The workshop will finish with a Wrap-up Session from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. with Key Speaker Nevil Speer, PhD, Vice President, U.S. Operations, AgriClear.

To view the agenda for the entire Annual Conference, click HERE. For registration information, click HERE or go to