Registration is open for the 6th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management


I spent several days last week in beautiful Amarillo, Texas preparing for the Symposium.  In addition to scoping out the Symposium venue, restaurants and tour sites, my colleagues and I helped set up the composting demos.  More on that to come.  I am looking forward to seeing everybody in Amarillo!  Register soon and start your travel plans.  Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Catastrophic losses of poultry and livestock caused by disease, fire, or weather-related stresses, and routine losses associated with large-scale production operations, have become significant environmental, bio-security, and waste management concerns around the globe. The Symposium will highlight new research, current and emerging disposal methodologies, and critical assessments of public policy, with the intent to capture and disseminate new information on these topics, and to stimulate development of additional research, policy development, and educational programs.

Active learning will be achieved through an Emergency Exercise – “Operation Goliath” which will focus on a “Severe Weather Occurrence” and its impact on livestock. This exercise will include breakout sessions and active participation in facilitated scenario discussions on the capabilities of public and private sector participants to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a major incident involving livestock mortality and business continuity and economic effects from a local, regional, and international perspective.

Participants will also have a chance to tour a variety of farms and businesses involved in Texas’s beef, dairy and swine industries. Tour topics may include:  biosecurity and animal movement protocols, various disposal methods, decontamination, depopulation and the progressive agriculture and processing of West Texas. All tours will leave from the hotel and will end at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the second largest canyon in the country and located in the Texas Panhandle. Attendees will enjoy Texas barbeque while having the opportunity to network and review your experiences from each of the tours.

Symposium attendees will be exposed to numerous exhibits and demonstrations focusing on aspects of animal disease mortality management.  Highlights include:  above ground burial, traditional deep pit burial, static and aerated pile composting, drone compost pile monitoring, foam euthanasia, alkaline hydrolysis along with other “static” displays.  The demonstration site will also feature an “Ask the Experts Tent”—where participants will have a chance to interact with 8 industry experts specializing in all aspects of mortality management.

With an international panel, keynote speaker and presenters, the Symposium will explore challenges, solutions and insights on animal mortality management from around the globe.

The Symposium is an excellent opportunity for veterinarians, environmental professionals, academic researchers, extension educators, students, food and agriculture emergency managers, public health managers, food animal processors, composters and renderers to lean about the latest research, educational programs, and technologies.

Online registration is now open at for the 6th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management. The conference, held June 3-7, 2016, will take place at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Amarillo, Texas. The Symposium is being hosted by the West Texas A&M University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension, and USDA Agricultural Research Service – Bushland, and has been produced in collaboration with worldwide academia, industry and government partners.


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Gary Flory is an independent adviser who has consulted, written guidance, conducted research and given presentations to national and international audiences on counter-agroterrorism, emerging infectious diseases, carcass disposal, One Health and foreign animal disease response. Gary was deployed to the Midwest on 5 separate occasions in support of USDA’s efforts to control Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreaks and was a lead author of USDA’s Mortality Composting Protocol for Avian Influenza Infected Flocks. Gary has written for a number of journals including recent articles on counter-agroterrorism, the weaponization of emerging infectious diseases and biosurveillance for the journal Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Warfare. He frequently shares his expertise at conferences and training events across the country and around the globe including recent events in Azerbaijan and Malaysia. Gary participates in a variety of working groups including the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Agricultural Workgroup; Virginia Poultry Disease Taskforce; Animal Health Quadrilateral Meeting of the Emergency Management Task Group & Disposal, Destruction & Disinfection Network; BioWatch Extended Veterinary Network; and the Virginia Catastrophic Livestock Mortality Taskforce. He was recently awarded the Agency Star award by the Governor of Virginia for his community service and leadership on animal disease response and agroterrorism.

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