January 19, 2012 Speakers

CHARLIE GRACEY - Livestock Industry Consultant  "Our Place in the Global Beef Word"
Charlie is a livestock industry consultant and former Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association. With expertise in the cattle industry and international trade, Gracey has been a key resource for the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, the Canadian Livestock Identification Agency and the Canadian Beef Grading Agency.

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DR. JOHN BASARAB - Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development  "Feed Efficiency, RFI & the Benefits for the Beef Industry"  
As Senior Beef Research Scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, John has more than 25 years experience in beef cattle production and management. His current areas of work include projects on improving feed efficiency, genetic markers development for economically important traits, improving carcass quality and Greenhouse Gas quantification and mitigation in beef cattle. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta and has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific and extension articles on beef cattle production. John received his doctorate in Animal Genetics and Biochemistry in 1981 from the University of Alberta.  Download Presentation
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ANNE DUNFORD - Livestock Market Analyst  "Where To From Here?”
Anne Dunford is an independent livestock market analyst, providing feedlot clients with marketing expertise, analysis, inventory management assistance & risk management options with the goal to find the best value for cattle in various markets. Her background in the industry & extensive networks allows her to offer specialized cattle marketing knowledge & personalized service to meet individual client needs & optimize marketing opportunities. Anne was the Senior Market Analyst with Canfax (a division of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association) for 21 years, providing members with market information & analysis. In the early 1980s, she worked for the Alberta Cattle Commission as a market information officer, & the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association. Anne sits on the board of the Alberta Livestock & Meat Agency (ALMA) & is a current member of the Calgary Stampede International Agriculture Committee.  


DR. DAVID HUGHES - Imperial College London  "A Glorious Future for the Global Meat Market?  Hold On to Your Hats & Make Sure They're Crash Helmets!"
Dr. Hughes is Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London, and Visiting Professor at the University of Kent Business School and at the Royal Agricultural College, U.K. David speaks on global food industry issues, particularly consumer trends, and is a strong proponent of building vertical alliances between key chain members in the food industry. He works closely with senior management of food and beverage firms on business strategy development and with governments on food policy formulation. Download Presentation
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DAVID ZINO - Beef Culinary Innovation Centre  "Cooking Beef & the Umami Method”
Dave is Executive Chef and spokesperson for the Beef Culinary Innovation Center, a division of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. His work involves developing concepts and recipes for both the retail and foodservice industries and also working closely with the Beef Innovations Group in evaluating and developing new beef products. In his role as Executive Chef, Dave wears many hats that run the gamut from industry expert, to public speaker, to writer and television personality. Dave holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from Illinois State University. He is a member of the Research Chef’s Association and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Download Presentation
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DR. TEMPLE GRANDIN - Colorado State University  Improving Animal Welfare:  A Practical Approach
Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped reduce stress on animals during handling. She has also developed an objective scoring system for assessing handling of cattle and pigs at meat plants. She has authored more than 400 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design and is the author of several books including "Humane Livestock Handling" and “Animals Make Us Human”. As a person with high-functioning autism, Grandin is also widely noted for her work in autism advocacy. In 2010, her life story was made into an HBO movie which won numerous awards at the 2010 Emmy awards.