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Promoting a sustainable livestock sector in Europe


Roadmap for Sustainable EU Livestock

Making food production more sustainable is one of the greatest challenges of our times. In the face of global population growth, increased demand for animal protein, and climate action commitments, we need to ask ourselves how the EU livestock sector can become more sustainable? How can more be produced with less?

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36th   International   Society   for   Animal   Genetics  (ISAG) Conference

16th-21st July 2017
Dublin, Ireland

The conference will take place in University College Dublin (UCD). The 2017 ISAG Conference will provide an  open  and  friendly  forum  for  the  sharing  of  knowledge  between  scientists  and  practitioners  of  animal genetics applied to economically important and  domesticated  species.  The  conference  will  comprise  a  series  of  plenary  sessions,  workshops  
organised  by  ISAG’s  standing  committees,  poster  presentations, and a series of networking events. For further information on the conference, registrations and  submission  of  abstracts,  please  visit  ISAG2017 website.

ISAE  2017  Satellite  Meeting:
“From  beak  to  tail - mechanisms  underlying  damaging  behaviour  in  
laying hens and pigs”

7th August 2017
Aarhus, Denmark

This  full-day  meeting  will  be  held  within  the ISAE 2017 congress and will focus on two main themes:
“Mechanisms  underlying  the link between health and damaging   behaviour” and  “Predisposing  factors for damaging behaviour   during   early  development”. In addition, the meeting will include a  networking  session,  with  the  aim  to  facilitate knowledge  exchange and future   cooperation between researchers working on damaging behaviour in pigs and poultry. For further information on  the  programme  and  venue,  and  on  how  to register,  please  see  the  “Beak  to  Tail”  homepage.

63rd International Congress of Meat Science and Technology
(ICoMST 2017)

13th-18th August 2017
Cork, Ireland

The theme of the Congress will be how science can offer the meat  production and processing sector solutions to enable it to nurture sustainably at local level while offering opportunities to grow globally. The  conference aims also to provide a dynamic interface between academic research and innovative applications, and represents an important opportunity for everyone in the field of meat science. For further information  and registrations, please visit ICoMST 2017 website.

7th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare
at Farm and Group Level

5-8 September 2017

Wageningen, The Netherlands

WAFL is an international scientific conference on the assessment of animal welfare at farm and group level. It is organised once every three years, and following the successful meeting in Clermont-Ferrand in 2014, it will next be held on 5-8 September 2017 in Wageningen, The Netherlands.

As in all previous WAFL meetings, communications on any topic related to the assessment of animal welfare are very welcome. To name a few:
  • Sustainability and animal welfare
  • Avoiding bias in science
  • Animal welfare in society
  • Precision farming techniques
  • Protocols, aggregation, implementation
  • Social networks in animal welfare
  • Genetics and animal welfare
  • Statistics and methodology
Please note: WAFL especially invites interdisciplinary communications.

Key notes at WAFL2017

Dan Weary: ‘Innovations in animal welfare: what have we reached and what do we aim for?’
Imke de Boer: ‘Can we improve animal welfare and sustainability in concert?’
Jens Krause: ‘Animal Social Networks’
Noelle Aarts: ‘The Art of Dialogue’
Jelte Wicherts: ‘The weak spots of contemporary science and how to strengthen it’

Innovations in Animal Welfare
The conference will start with an inspiring ‘Innovation Day’ on Tuesday 5th September. Applied researchers and stakeholders involved in livestock production will present their suggestions on improving animal welfare where it matters: on farm, during transport and at the abattoir. Short ‘elevator pitches’, discussions with the developers during an ‘innovation market’ and an evaluation by the audience will decide which idea is the most promising. Your welfare improvement suggestions are very welcome too!

Important dates :
Registration & abstract submission opens: 1 December 2016
Deadline abstracts submission: 1 February 2017
Acceptance notification: 1 May 2017
Deadline early bird registration: 1 June 2017
WAFL2017 Conference: 5-8 September 2017

Please visit the website for more information

Wageningen Centre for Animal Welfare and Adaptation
(in collaboration with Van Hall Larenstein university of applied sciences)
PO box 338 - 6700 AH – Wageningen – The Netherlands
E: INFO@WAFL2017.COM | T: +31 (0)317 480652 |

8th European Conference on
Precision Livestock Farming

12-14 September 2017

Nantes - France

The European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming takes place every two years. The aim of this Conference is to exchange knowledge and experience through an open discussion and to support progress in this field.
Today Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) technology is a reality. It has the potential to support and benefit animal feed suppliers, human-food retailers and other players along the livestock supply chain. This 'cross-disciplinary' approach is that 'animal-focused' scientists, engineers, companies as well as farmers' organizations have interacted and combined their strengths and views.

Nowadays in modern livestock farming, the need for reliable automated systems is compelling for reasons, such as biosecurity, the environment, husbandry practices, feeding practices, and their direct links to animal health.

Official website

VII International Symposium of Livestock Production

14th-16th September 2017
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

The Institute of Animal Science of the University “SS. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje organizes the “VII International Symposium of Livestock Production”, which will be focused on the most significant achievements in the field of livestock production, as well as on the exchange of knowledge and experience in the agricultural practice.
For further information on abstract submission and registrations, please write an email.  

Conference: Animal Genetics and Diseases

20th-22nd September 2017
Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom
The conference will be hosted by Wellcome Genome Campus and will bring together specialists working on the interface between genomics, genetic engineering and infectious disease with the aim of improving animal and human health and welfare. The meeting will showcase recent advances in genomics, genome editing, and mathematical techniques to understand disease resistance, pathogen evolution and vaccination success. For further information and registrations, please visit the conference website.

8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture, Food
& Environment (HAICTA 2017)

21st-24th September 2017
Chania, Greece
HAICTA 2017 aims to bring together professionals, experts and researchers working on Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture, Food and Environment. It additionally aims to emphasize on the applicability of ICT solutions to real industry cases and the respective challenges. The Conference will take place from the 21st to the 24th of September, 2017, in Chania (Crete, Greece). The event is co-organized by the Hellenic Association for Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture, Food and Environment (HAICTA) and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh), in cooperation with several other Institutions. For further information on the event and paper submission, please visit HAICTA 2017 website.

14th International Symposium of Animal Biology and Nutrition

28th-29th September 2017
Balotesti, Romania
The 14th International Symposium of Animal Biology and Nutrition will be held on September 28 - 29, in Balotesti, Romania and it is organized by the National Research-Development Institute for Animal Biology and Nutrition. The event gathers experts and scientist in biology and animal nutrition from all over the world, presenting their most recent research and current scientific trends. The main topics of the 14th Symposium will be: Quality and safety of animal products; Low input / sustainable animal production systems; Genetic biodiversity, breeding and reproduction; Feeding efficiency & environment; Animal welfare. For further information, please visit the symposium website.

Joint Seminar of the FAO-CIHEAM Network on Sheep and Goats: “Innovation for Sustainability in Sheep and Goats”

03rd-05th October 2017
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
The seminar, which will be held in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) on 3-5 October 2017, will gather together the Subnetworks on Nutrition and Production Systems and it is jointly organized by Neiker-Tecnalia (The Basque Institute of Agricultural Research and Development), the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ-CIHEAM), and the H2020 project “iSAGE” (Innovation for Sustainable Sheep and Goat Production in Europe), with the collaboration of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). You can find the complete announcement of the event and all relevant information at the seminar website.

2nd World Conference on Innovative Animal Nutrition and Feeding

18th-20th October 2017
Budapest, Hungary
The AK Congress, which is a member of the Wolters Kluwer Group (The Netherlands), organizes the 2nd World Conference on Innovative Animal Nutrition and Feeding (WIANF) on 18th-20th October, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. EAAP is one of WIANF professional partners. The Conference aims to present how the latest developments of animal nutrition and related disciplines can be applied in animal nutrition to produce high quality and safe animal derived foods and to ensure production in a sustainable manner. For further information on the topics of the conference, registrations and abstracts submissions, please visit WIANF website.

International  Scientific-Expert  Conference  on  the  Preservation of Animal Genetic Resources

25th-27th October 2017
Osijek, Croatia
The conference is organized by the Croatian Agricultural Agency, the University of Zagreb, the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek and the University of Zadar. It provides the possibility for verbal presentation, presentation via posters and the presentation of your institution/company or as a participant.
For further information, please read the first notification of the conference.

Conference: Insects in feed or food?

16th-17th November 2017
Liège, Belgium
The meeting will be held at the University of Liège, and will address questions such as:
• Should we eat insects or feed our animals?
• Could insects be useful in (veterinary) medicine?
• What can we learn from Southern countries? Are insects safe?
More than 10 leading experts in the field will share their most exciting research discoveries. For further information and registrations, please visit the conference website.

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Roadmap for Sustainable EU Livestock. - 30 June 2017

Making food production more sustainable is one of the greatest challenges of our times. In the face of global population growth, increased demand for animal protein, and climate action commitments, we need to ask ourselves how the EU livestock sector can become more sustainable? How can more be produced with less?
Official website