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Tuesday, July 23 • 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Cross-Border Livestock Health: Session II

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The Cross-Border Livestock Health Working Group consists of state, provincial, and federal veterinarians and industry representatives.  The group exchanges information on animal health issues, develops a
common understanding of disease policies, and exchanges information
on emergency response to emerging and foreign animal diseases.

Working Group Co-Chairs 
  • Dr. Amber Itle, Assistant State Veterinarian, Washington
  • Janice Tranberg, President & CEO, National Cattle Feeders’ Association
  • Dave Moss, General Manager, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

2019 Action Items regulatory responses
  • Electronic certification at all livestock border port crossings 
  • Streamline and align livestock handling procedures and standards at border ports
  • Allow Restricted Feeder Cattle from the US to enter Canada as per Restricted Feeder Cattle Import Policy
  • USDA partner with software co. to provide carcass data to cattle breeders, backgrounders, & feedlots to incentivize EID use.
  • Animal Disease Traceability update (US)

Dr. Jack Shere, Deputy Administrator, VS USDA
Dr. Sunny Novotny- Gieser, Animal Disease Traceability Veterinarian,
USDA APHIS VS Strategy & Policy
Dr. Renee Oleck, National Port Services Director, USDA Ports
Dr. Jaspinder Komal, VP Science, CFIA
Dr. Mohit Baxi, Director, Animal Import/Export, CFIA

Biosecurity and Emergency Management
In a world of global trade, the threat of animal disease spread is an ever-present danger. What biosecurity and other mitigation measures are being taken to prepare for an emergency situation?

Rory McAlpine, Senior Vice Pres, Government & Industry Relations, Maple Leaf Foods – AHC Working Group Chair
Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle, Assoc Director, Center for Food Security and Public Health
 Matt Taylor, Canadian Animal Health Coalition, AHEM- II

  • Overview of ASF and activities to get ready
  • Updates on Bovine Tuberculosis- US and CAN perspectives
Dr. Jack Shere, Deputy Administrator, VS USDA
Dr. Gary Brickler, Director, District Six at USDA APHIS Veterinary Services Surveillance Preparedness and Response Service - TBC
Dr. Jaspinder Komal, VP Science, CFIA
 Dr. Noel Ritson-Bennett, Veterinary Program Officer, CFIA

Agriculture Track hosted by Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association

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Rory McAlpine

Sr. Vice Pres., Gov & Industry Relations - AHC WG Chair, Maple Leaf Foods
Rory McAlpine is Senior Vice President, Government and Industry Relations with Maple Leaf Foods. In this role, Mr. McAlpine has overall responsibility for working with government and industry partners on matters of public policy, programs, regulatory affairs and trade.Mr. McAlpine... Read More →
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David Moss

General Manager, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
David oversees the CCA’s general operations including budget and staffing. In the cattle industry his entire life, David’s background includes practical hands-on experience gained in part from running the family feedlot, and custom silage and farming operation, and strategic agribusiness... Read More →
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Dr Jack Shere

Deputy Administrator; Chief Veterinary Officer, Veterinary Services (VS) USDA
Dr. Jack Shere was appointed Deputy Administrator in March 2016 and leads the program’s many employees in protecting and improving the health, quality, and marketability of U.S. agricultural animals, animal products, and veterinary biologics. He also oversees VS’ national and... Read More →
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Dr Renee Oleck

National Port Services Director, USDA Ports
Renee Oleck National Director, Port and Animal Import Center Services USDA, APHIS, VS, NIES 4700 River Road, Suite 5B-02C, Riverdale, MD 20737 Phone: 301-851-3408 Renee.S.Oleck@aphis.usda.govDr. Renee Oleck is currently the National Director of the Port and Animal Import Center Services... Read More →
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Dr Jaspinder Komal

Chief Veterinary Officer, CFIA
Dr. Komal graduated from the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire at the Université de Montréal in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and a post-graduate degree in Veterinary Microbiology. He began his veterinary career specializing in small animals in... Read More →
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Dr Mohit Baxi

Director, Animal Import/Export, CFIA
Dr. Mohit Baxi is a veterinarian and a PhD scientist with several years of post-doctoral training. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, England and later worked as a Scientist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), University of Saskatchewan. In... Read More →
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Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle

Associate Director, Center for Food Security and Public Health
Dr. Bickett-Weddle is a South Dakota native who earned her BS from South Dakota State University, her DVM from Iowa State University in 1999, her Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Iowa in 2003, obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Preventive... Read More →

Matt Taylor

Canadian Animal Health Coalition, AHEM-II
Matt Taylor has worked in the area of animal health and emergency management for some 30 years, with a focus on the evolving partnerships between industry and government.  In this regard Matt assisted the creation of Canadian Animal Health Coalition, the National Farm Animal Care... Read More →

Dr Gary Brickler

Director, District 6, USDA APHIS VS Surveillance Prep & Resp Service
Gary Brickler, a native of southern Indiana, is currently the Director for District 6 of USDA APHIS Veterinary Services. The District is comprised of the 10 Western states and Pacific Territories. He received a B.S. from the University of Kentucky and a D.V.M. from Purdue University... Read More →
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Dr. Noel Ritson-Bennett

Veterinary Program Officer, CFIA
Noel is a graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine. He has worked in several different areas of large animal/food animal practice in Western Canada and abroad prior to working for the CFIA.  After... Read More →
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Dr Amber Itle

Asst. State Veterinarian; Cross Border Livestock Health Working Group Co-chair, WA Department of Agriculture
Amber Itle grew up on her family's fourth generation producer-handler dairy farm in Pennsylvania. Dr. Itle earned her VMD from UPENN in 2003 and a MS in Animal Welfare from the University of British Columbia in 2014. She joined a large and food animal practice for a decade prior to... Read More →
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Janice Tranberg

President and CEO; Cross-border Livestock Health Working Group Co-chair, National Cattle Feeders' Association
Janice Tranberg most recently served as an assistant deputy minister for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and wasresponsible for three branches: Crops and Irrigation, Agriculture Research, and Regional Services. Prior to this, she served as the vice president (western Canada... Read More →

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