6th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management

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The 6th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management was held in Amarillo, Texas from June 3 – 7, 2018.  This triennial symposium was established in 2005 as an opportunity for researchers and policy makers to learn about the latest research, educational programs, and technologies available for animal mortality management.  This, like previous symposia, was an ambitious undertaking.  It included oral presentations, poster sessions, exhibits, tours of Texas’ huge animal industry, practical demonstrations, an emergency exercise, and an international panel.  Several regular participants mentioned that this event had been the best symposium yet.

Visiting a Texas Beef Packing Plant

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Many thanks to my co-chair, Mark King, and the other great Steering Committee members who made this and previous events possible:  Bob DeOtte, Mark Hutchinson, Mike Mayes, Dale Rozeboom, Megghan Honke, Jean Bonhotal, Josh Payne, Lori Miller, and Edward Malek.  Special thanks to Bob DeOtte, our local Steering Committee member, who was involved in nearly every aspect of the Symposium and is responsible, to a great extent, for its success. I am also grateful to West Texas A&M University and the efforts of their incredible faculty and staff.

Dr. Bob DeOtte receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award

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During the Symposium I had the opportunity to deliver 3 presentations:  In-House Composting Field Exercises for Broiler BreedersAdapting U.S. Composting Protocols for Use Internationally; and Recent Demonstration Projects and the Field Application of Above Ground Burial for Carcass Disposal and host the International Panel: Global Issues in Animal Mortality Management.

Above Ground Burial Demo Site with 3D Model Designed by Ava Grace Flory

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White papers and slides from these and other presentations will be available shortly at: http://animalmortmgmt.org/

Even as we complete wrap up activities for the 6th, planning for the 7th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management are beginning.  I hope to see you there!

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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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