U.S. livestock, genetic export groups learn from Rickenbacker trade work

State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey was one of the speakers at the Rickenbacker Airport supper for the USLGE annual meeting.

State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey was one of the speakers at the Rickenbacker Airport supper for the USLGE annual meeting.

U.S. Livestock Genetic Export, Inc. is in Columbus this week for their annual meeting, bringing together livestock groups from across the country with a hand in international trade. They kicked off their stay in the Buckeye State with a first hand look at the work that goes on with regard to livestock export at Rickenbacker Airport in Columbus. The Columbus Port Authority and the Ohio Livestock and Genetic Export Council helped host the group for supper, bringing guest speakers from different avenues of the unique industry together.

Proponents of the Rickenbacker livestock export process say the groups involved are working to make the process of international air transport as humane and stress-free as possible for all types of livestock involved. Though horses are one of the top livestock being exported regularly from the airport, many other species such as sheep, cattle, and more regularly make trips on plane from the commerce-heavy inland port.

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