Michigan Allied Poultry Industries, Inc
About MAPI

Dear MAPI Members, Suppliers & Poultry Industry Leaders:

We are excited to announce the Michigan Pork Producers Association and the Michigan Allied Poultry Industries are joining efforts with Michigan State University Extension to host the first Michigan Pork and Poultry Sympo­sium.

The Michigan Pork and Poultry Sympo­sium will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan.  The Lansing Center is located at 333 E Michigan Ave. Registration begins at 8am, lunch at noon and Taste of Elegance at 4pm.

Guest Speakers include:

  • Mark McCully – “Branding and Consumer Trust”
  • Dr Bernie Erven – “Retaining and Incentivizing the Quality Employee”
  • Dr Henry Turlington – “FSMA and Audits”


The 2015 Michigan Pork and Poultry Symposium will focus on educating producers about good production practices and excellent business management approaches. Through presentations surrounding this year’s theme, “Pleasing our Customer,” this year’s conference is intended to provide producers with knowledge that will help them provide a growing human population an environmentally-safe, socially-acceptable, low-cost source of meat.




Schedule of Events

8:00 AM   Registration begins




 8:45           MDARD Update

 9:00           MSU Update

 9:15           FSMA and Audits

                    Dr. Henry Turlington, Director, Quality & Manufacturing Regulatory Affairs, AFIA

110:05           Break

110:20           Maintaining a Quality Labor Force on the Farm

Dr. Bernie Erven, The Ohio State University

111:10          Branding and Consumer Trust

                    Mr. Mark McCully, Vice-President, Certified Angus Beef LLC



112:00 to 1:30 PM  Banquet Buffet Luncheon

                                  Speaker and Awards




                            MAPI Annual Meeting

1:00            Turkey vaccines and vaccination schedules – Dr. Kelli Jones, CEVA Animal Health

                    Laying hen vaccines and vaccination schedules – Dr. Eric Gingerich, Diamond V

2:00            Water quality – Dr. Susan Watkins, University of Arkansas

                    Phytase and enzyme use in laying hen diets – Dr. Mike Persia, Virginia Tech University

3:00            Turkey fear and behavior – Dr. Marisa Erasmus, MSU Extension

                    MSU laying hen facility research projects – Dr. Darrin Karcher, MSU Animal Science and MSU Extension

4:00            Adjournment to Taste of Elegance



1:45            The new Coldwater processing plant - Robert M. "Bob" Ruth, President Country View Family Farms

2:15            Optimizing lactation performance and environmental sustainability with formulation of low protein diets – Dave Chamberlin and Dr. Nathalie Trottier, MSU Animal Science

                    Improving the use of manure nitrogen – Jerry May, MSU Extension

                    Pig Power – Blended swine manure anaerobic digester feedstocks – Jason Smith and Dr. Steve Safferman, MSU Biosystems Engineering and MSUE

3:00            Water quality – Dr. Susan Watkins, University of Arkansas

                    Economics of various grouped-sow housing approaches – Dr. Ron Bates, Beth Ferry, and Roger Betz, MSU Animal Science and MSU Extension    

4:00            Adjournment to Taste of Elegance


Sponsored by:

Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Pork Producers Association, Michigan Allied Poultry Association


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