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Living the Legacy
Taking the road less traveled to a career
dedicated to animal welfare
by jerry karczewski
she read a book by Dr. Temple Grandin. "I had never
heard of her at that point. After I read the book, I thought
she would be a super-interesting woman to meet and work
ily Edwards-Callaway is head of animal welfare at
with," she says. "I called her, and she had a spot avail-
JBS' North American operations, but the road to her
able. So, I met with her and signed on for my Ph.D. pro-
current job has been anything but traditional.
gram," in 2006.
"I didn't grow up around livestock at all. I grew up in
Her doctoral research addressed the evaluation of stress
a suburban town in Rhode Island," she says. "I received
on hogs by measuring blood lactate levels at different
my degree in French from Amherst College in 2002, and
points in their journey to slaughter. Edwards-Callaway
moved to Belgium for a year to teach kindergarten. I real-
points to one interesting result of her research: "We used
ized that that wasn't what I want-
these blood-lactate analyzers
ed to do. I liked animals, and I
that were used primarily for
liked science, so I decided to get
athletic endurance training to
a Masters in Animal Science at
measure blood lactate.
the Univ. of Rhode Island.
"I think that ever since the
"They thought I was a little
research, people are using
bit crazy, 'This French major
wants to do animal science?'"
to assess changes in their fa-
cility, potential improvements
The university's animal-sci-
they want to make or animal
ence department is well known
handling impact on pig stress,"
for its fisheries and pre-veter-
she continues. "Measuring lac-
inary programs, but R hode
tate on pigs is an easy, practi-
Island didn't provide a lot of
cal and accurate way to moni-
exposure to livestock. "The re-
tor changes within a handling
search facility at Rhode Island
system - it is clear from my
had about 30 sheep and a couple
conversation with the vendor
of pigs," she laughs. "Although
that many producers and pack-
small, it did open my eyes to
ers have used this method to
many things I had never had
improve their system."
experience with before.
"I worked on a project with captive monkeys for zoo-
animal welfare. Accredited zoos have to have an enrich-
After earning her Ph.D. in 2009, Edwards-Callaway took
ment program for primates. To help understand if these
a position as assistant professor at Kansas State Univ., par-
enrichment programs are effective, it is important to un-
ticipating in research on pain mitigation in dairy calves.
derstand animal behavior and how it changes, but observ-
"And then I met some people at a conference from JBS.
ing animals takes time. I was interested in understanding
We had a conversation and an opportunity opened up to
the amount of observation time needed to get accurate in-
oversee the animal-welfare program for cattle, sheep and
formation about behavior," she explains.
pigs," she explains. "I've been here since January 2012,
Trying to figure out her next steps, her advisor suggested
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not quite two years - and I love it.
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Table of Contents
Commentary - Putting experience into perspective
Business Notes - Pilgrim’s Q3 earnings jump
No charges filed in animal-abuse case
Cargill to label ‘finely textured beef’
FSIS issues new humane-handling guidance
Wright named president of Zacky Farms
Tyson shifts purchases of Canadian cattle
APHIS finalizes BSE rule
South Korea to end Zilmax ban
Washington - Donation-worthy considerations
Cover Story - Leaving a Legacy
Living the Legacy - Taking the road less traveled to a career dedicated to animal welfare
Kurt Vogel knows the exact moment when his career in animal welfare started.
Jennifer Woods marvels at the journey her career in animal welfare has taken her on.
Mark Deesing was looking for answers; Temple Grandin helped him find them.
Supplying the Tools - It didn’t take Chuck Bildstein long to figure out the critical nature of his job.
Vin Volpe has seen the evolution in animal welfare firsthand during his 60 year career.
Food Safety - Sampling, swabbing & safety
Small Business Matters - Edgewood Locker offers a variety of quality products in a no-frills environment
Packaging Solutions - Ratcheting up Convenience
Poultry Processing - Getting a Leg Up
Ingredient Issues - Putting taste back into lean
Tools of the Trade - Adding Convenience and Value
Labor - Blowing the whistle on Whistleblowers
Names in the News
IPPE 2014 Processor's Handbook
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