Wisconsin Harvest and Fabrication School

Start date: November 14, 2023
End date: November 16, 2023
All-day event
Location: UW-MSABD, Madison

This school (short course) takes a higher-level comprehensive approach to understanding animal harvest and fabrication of amenable species (e.g., beef, pork, lamb, poultry). Instructors will teach the principles, science, regulations, and food safety of animal harvest and fabrication at a basic and applied level. The information will be aimed at operators who have little to moderate amounts of animal harvest and fabrication experience. However, processors from every experience level can benefit from attending this program. Multiple harvest and fabrication demonstrations and hands-on group exercises will be held in the state-of-the-art Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery building to facilitate a stronger understanding of classroom discussions. Upon completing this short course, participants can continue their learning by enrolling in additional programs designed to provide extensive, hands-on training for beef, pork, lamb, and poultry harvest and fabrication. Enrollment in this short course is limited to 30; therefore, there will be ample opportunity for a more individualized experience throughout the demonstrations and group activities.

Topics Covered (not inclusive)

  • Humane handling programs
  • Live animal handling
  • Pre- and post- mortem inspection
  • Multi-species harvest demonstrations
  • Microbial sampling programs
  • Technology and equipment
  • Antimicrobial interventions
  •  HACCP Plans and Food Safety
  • Meat Quality
  • Hands-on pork carcass fabrication activity
  • Chilling systems
  • Inspections and regulations
  • By-products and variety meats
  • Maximizing productivity and yields
  • Beef, lamb, and poultry fabrication demonstrations
  • Proper stunning methods
  • Animal Biologics
  • OSHA and Employee Safety

The registration fee for the Wisconsin Harvest and Fabrication School is $750.00 per person. Registration will close October 26th, 2023. After October 26th, 2023, the fee will be $800.00. The fee includes course materials & handouts, breaks & lunches, refreshments, a Tuesday evening reception, a Wednesday evening dinner, and local transportation between the DoubleTree hotel and the MSABD building. Lodging, parking, and other meals are not included.

If you have questions regarding registration or otherwise, please contact Colleen Crummy at [email protected] or Heather Hunt at [email protected]

2023 WI Meat Industry Coalition Conference

Start date: November 1, 2023
End date: November 3, 2023
All-day event
Location: Chula Vista, WI Dells

Make Plans to Attend Wisconsin Animal & Meat Industry Coalition Conference

Livestock producers, meat processors (small, medium, and large) and others affiliated with supporting these groups are invited to attend the 2nd annual Wisconsin Animal & Meat Industry Coalition Conference.  The event will be held on November 1-3 at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.  If you are in animal agriculture and want to be on the forefront of what’s happening in your industry, learn about how other sectors of the industry impact yours, and identify opportunities for growing your businesses, this is conference is a must attend for you.

The event will include board meetings open for you to attend, plenty of social networking to meet and interact with peers within and among both the animal and meat industries, educational sessions to keep you current and on the leading edge of important topics and issues impacting your business, and an industry-wide celebration event recognizing and honoring accolades and accomplishments of those within our industry.

After an afternoon of board meetings, the conference officially kicks off with a social networking event and dinner followed by a day and a half of sessions focused on important and current topics impacting the Wisconsin animal agriculture industry.  Learn about lobbying initiatives and efforts affecting your businesses and attend panel sessions on key issues & hot topics, developing your businesses, adapting to your customers, and funding support and outcomes regarding talent recruitment efforts occurring throughout the state.

After dinner and the evening’s keynote speaker featuring Dennis Vigneri, president of Birchwood Foods, be involved in celebrating our industry where special recognition of animal and meat industry leaders will be made, University students from campuses at Madison, Platteville and River Falls will be presented with Wisconsin Livestock & Meat Council scholarships, and in a special ceremony, worthy industry leaders will be inducted into the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame.

The purpose of this conference is to pursue the quest for common interests among the various sectors of meat animal industries, explore opportunities for developing a more unified industry voice, and identify collaborative longitudinal opportunities with individual and collective high impact potential benefit.

More information on the conference, including the agenda and registration details, can be found at Wisconsin Animal & Meat Industry Coalition Conference, November 1-3, 2023 – Meat Science




WI State Fair Meats Competition Judging

Date: June 9, 2023
All-day event
Location: Milwaukee, WI

Online entries due June 2 with product delivery June 5-7, 2023  Judging on June 9th.  Awards and auction are on August 8.

Wisconsin Assoc. of Meat Processors Pre-convention Workshop

Date: April 11, 2024
All-day event
Location: UW-MSABD, Madison


Start date: January 24, 2023
End date: January 26, 2023
All-day event
Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Cooked & Emulsified Sausage School (Master Meat Crafter Training Program)

Start date: May 9, 2023
End date: May 11, 2023
All-day event
Location: UW-MSABD, Madison

State FFA Meats Judging Contest

Date: April 28, 2023
All-day event
Location: UW Meat Lab; Madison, WI

Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors Annual Convention

Start date: April 14, 2023
End date: April 16, 2023
All-day event
Location: Middleton, WI

Wisconsin Assoc. of Meat Processors Pre-convention Workshop

Date: April 13, 2023
All-day event
Location: UW-MSABD, Madison

Salumi 101

Start date: March 7, 2023
End date: March 9, 2023
All-day event
Location: Penn State University
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