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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


Rory McAlpine

Sr. Vice Pres., Gov & Industry Relations - AHC WG Chair, Maple Leaf Foods

Dave Moss

General Manager, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

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

Dr Danelle Bicket-Weddle

Associate Director, Center for Food Security and Public Health

Matt Taylor

Canadian Animal Health Coalition, AHEM-II

Dr Gary Brickler

Director, District 6, USDA APHIS VS Surveillance Prep & Resp Service

Dr. Noel Ritson-Bennett

Veterinary Program Officer, CFIA
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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

Tuesday July 23, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
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