New Waves August 2009

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TAMMI conference to address lessons learned from Hurricane Ike livestock casualties

After Hurricane Ike hit in 2008, Texas government officials and Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel were faced with the loss of about 4,800 adult cattle and 5,600 calves killed in the storm surge zone.

"Another hurricane season is upon us," said Dr. Saqib Mukhtar, AgriLife Extension agricultural engineer. "Massive animal mortality management without coordinating efforts among government agencies, volunteers and producers may become a logistical and disposal nightmare impacting people, property and the environment."

Mukhtar is the coordinator of the upcoming Texas Animal Manure Management Issues (TAMMI) conference, set for Sept. 29-30 at the Austin Marriott North in Round Rock. Speakers with animal mortality management experience will present "Disposal of Catastrophic Animal Mortality - Lessons from Hurricane Ike" at the conference. Other conference topics will include energy production from manure and new advances in animal manure management, Mukhtar said.

The cost of registration is $125 and more information is available at the TAMMI Web site.

Read the entire Ag News story here.

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