Failure to address dairy cattle welfare concerns represent a meaningful issue for the dairy industry, which could lead to legislative action and loss of consumer confidence.

For this and other reasons, it’s important that dairy veterinarians be well-represented at the Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium that will be held Oct. 24-26 in Guelph, Ontario.

Conference organizer Ken Leslie, DVM, MSc, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph, says, “Animal welfare is a complex issue, which is of growing concern for animal agriculture. Increasing attention from consumers has resulted in criticisms of the methods used to house and manage livestock in modern agriculture. In several parts of the world (e.g. Scandinavia and the European Union), the failure of animal agriculture to alleviate these concerns has led to legislative changes and increased regulation for the management of animals.”

The Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium seeks to promote the translation and transfer of recent dairy welfare research findings to bovine practitioners, dairy producers, extension educators, and other dairy industry professionals. Leslie says this symposium will also serve as a platform for the establishment of collaborative efforts between veterinarians, dairy producers, welfare researchers and government scientists.

The symposium will feature experts in dairy cattle welfare and management from around the world.

Find out more about the conference here.