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REDFIELD, Iowa —  The Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) will hold its Poultry Welfare Auditor Training Course on Aug. 11-13 in Raleigh, N.C. The instruction is being held in cooperation with the Prestage Department of Poultry Science at North Carolina State University.

“We’re pleased to be able to again offer this important training in an area of concentrated poultry production,” says PAACO Executive Director Mike Simpson.   “Although current live poultry health concerns in the industry have forced modification of our normal schedule, we are confident that  attendees will continue to receive the quality instruction and experience needed to launch them on the path to becoming highly trained and competent PAACO certified poultry welfare auditors.”

The last day of the PAACO poultry auditor training usually includes visits to hatcheries, farms and processing plants.  However, due to the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza event in the U.S. poultry industry, most of these visits will not be possible due to poultry company biosecurity restrictions.

Course providers are currently working to arrange processing plant visits and possibly observation of loading/live haul at a farm. Another alternative may be auditing simulations with video.

Instructors for the three-day course include Dr. Ken Anderson, professor/Extension specialist for poultry science, North Carolina State University; Dr. Kate Barger, director of animal welfare, Cobb-Vantress Inc.; Dr. Sacit Bilgili,  poultry science professor, graduate science program offices, Auburn University; Dr. Karen Christensen, associate professor in the Department of Poultry Science, University of Arkansas; Dr. Temple Grandin, Grandin Livestock Handling Systems; Dr. Jesse Grimes, poultry science professor, North Carolina State; Dr. Dave Hermes, regional veterinarian for Perdue Farms Inc.; Matt, Jones, director of audits and assessments, Validus LLC; Dr. Mike Martin, associate professor of veterinary medicine, North Carolina State; and Dr. Doug Meckes, North Carolina state veterinarian.

Industry stakeholders providing financial support include Arby’s, Aviagen, Big Dutchman, Butterball, Cal-Maine Foods, Cargill, Cobb-Vantress, Diamond V, Elanco, Farbest Foods, House of Raeford Farms, Jennie-O Turkey Store, Koch Foods, Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer, Mountaire, Novus, OK Foods, OSI Group, Pilgrim’s, Sanderson Farms, Techno Catch, Tyson, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, Walmart, Wayne Farms, West Liberty Foods and Zinpro.

Registration deadline is July 20, but class size is limited and enrollment will be on a first come, first served basis. Cost for the full course is $795; in addition, current PAACO-certified poultry auditors may earn continuing education credit by signing up for a daily registration at a fee of $150 per day.

More information and registration materials is available at PAACO’s website,, or by contacting Simpson at 402-403-0104;

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