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NEWS

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ECIP meets in the Netherlands

ECIP met at Zoetermeer on  2/3 December 2013 to discuss progress on its work programme, and to learn of industry developments in the Netherlands. The visit was organised and hosted by the Dutch Dairy  Board. The Group discussed opportunities under the first call of Horizon 2020, expected to be announced on 11 December 2013. A presentation on the Dutch Sustainable Dairy Chain initiative was given by LTO, followed by discussion on potential relevance to other dairy producing countries. On the final day, a visit was made to a pilot farm  participating in the ‘Cows and Opportunities’ project, funded jointly by the Dutch Government and the dairy industry. Of particular interest, was the pilot work being undertaken on the development of novel housing and bedding systems for dairy cattle.

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ECIP Phosphorus working group

A working group of experts consisting of John Bailey (AFBI, Northern Ireland), Paul Withers (Bangor University, UK), Leon Sebek (Wageningen University, Netherlands), Leif Knudsen (Knowledge Centre for Agriculture, Denmark), Debbie Mc Connell (DairyCo, UK), and Wiebren van Stralen (LTO, Netherlands) met on 11/12 March 2014.  The objective of the workshop was to identify mechanisms by which farmers can improve phosphorus efficiency in dairy farming systems, by assessing and evaluating current KT and R&D initiatives targeting P use efficiency. This also drew on the outputs from the recently completed EU Interreg project DairyMan.  The group will be making recommendations to ECIP, and to other relevant fora, on improving the uptake of existing knowledge and information on phosphorus use efficiency by dairy farmers.

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ECIP visit to Ireland

At the invitation of Agrisearch, ECIP travelled to Northern Ireland for its meeting on 11 June 2013. The meeting was held at the AgriFood and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) Hillsborough. In addition to its normal business meeting, presentations were given by AFBI staff on the interesting and varied programme of research being conducted in Northern Ireland. Agrisearch introduced its global research officer, a joint appointment with Queens University, whose role is to survey farmer research requirements, review international dairy research, and produce technical material relevant to Northern Irish farmers. The group visited the farm of Thomas Steele, Farmers Weekly Dairy Farmer of the Year, to see on-farm research and demonstration in practice. From Wednesday 12 June until Friday 14 June several ECIP members participated in the  Knowledge transfer Conference [...]

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EFSA Scientific Opinion

The EFSA Animal Health and Welfare panel have received a request from the EU commission to provide a “Scientific opinion concerning a multifactorial approach on the use of animal and non-animal based measures to assess the welfare of pigs” EFSA-Q-2013-00667  The deadline for completion is 30/04/2014 http://registerofquestions.efsa.europa.eu/roqFrontend/questionsListLoader?unit=AHAW

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EVENTS

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2nd International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance

Second announcement – ICAHS2 – Call for papers now open! Authors are now coridally invited to submit papers to be presented at ICAHS2, 7-9 May 2014. The deadline for paper submissions is 1 December 2013. Similar to the first ICAHS in 2011, ICAHS2 will provide a platform for discussion and interaction among surveillance stakeholders – researchers, risk managers, animal health managers and other decision makers – to foster a better dialog between science and policy in the field of animal health surveillance. The conference will include both discussions about scientific and technical issues and will also explore how scientists and policy makers can collaborate to facilitate the implementation of effective and efficient surveillance methods. The overarching theme for ICAHS2 is “Surveillance against the odds”, a theme that encompasses [...]

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EIP focus group on animal husbandry (reduction of antibiotic use in the pig sector)

The first meeting of the European Innovation Partnership Focus Group on reducing antibiotics in the pig sector is on October 24-25 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Initial discussions will be framed by a starting paper which sets out the issues, challenges and potential solutions related to the excessive use of antibiotics in the pig sector. The Focus Group of 20 experts, including farmers, researchers and advisors, will have an estimated lifespan of 12-18 months. Further information about the Focus Group and its composition and mission is available at http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/eip/focus-groups/animal-husbandry/index_en.htm

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Milan

10th IVIS, Milan

The 10th International Veterinary Immunology Symposium will take place in Milan, Italy from 28th August – 1st September, 2013. For further information please visit http://www.ivis2013.org/

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MedVetNet Conference – One health, one medicine: sharing challenges for combating zoonoses

MedVetNet 2013 is for human and animal health researchers working in the field of food-borne zoonoses using the One Health – One Medicine approach. Much of the work done through this approach has been cross-disciplinary – including a variety of sectors – and its implications reach beyond the study & removal of zoonoses. The meeting aims to present the broad range of disciplines relevant to the One Health approach, as well as keynotes dedicated to combining these disciplines to faciliate economic development in the zoonotically plagued regions. The meeting offers three key-note speakers addressing the One Health approach for development, epidemiology, and economics. Several other presenters will delve into the details of 4 main disciplines within zoonoses; for more information, please see the tentative programme. Note that all [...]

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Does big mean bad? Looking at the science behind large-scale livestock production

Large–scale intensive livestock production is currently a hot topic in the UK. There’s a lot of confusion over the advantages or disadvantages of such units. This conference is about the science behind running large successful units. What do we know and what do we need to find out? The primary focus will be on systems for pig, poultry and dairy production and the conference will draw on relevant industrial experience and views both from the UK and other countries where large units are already operating successfully. Visit the conference website to: – Access the programme and register – Find out about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities – Submit a poster – there are opportunities to present a poster with a short oral presentation, see the “Summary Guidelines” section on [...]

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Berlin

IADG Background and 14th Annual Meeting

Inter-Agency Donor Group (IADG) on pro-poor livestock research and development. Founding Principles: At present, there is no formal global mechanism by which donors who support work on livestock research and development can communicate or coordinate their efforts, although many share common goals and outputs in their separate programmes. To address this deficiency, livestock advisers and managers from public and private sector donor and major implementing agencies, known collectively as the ‘inter-Agency Donor Group’, have met informally on an annual basis for the past 13 years in order to; i) share intelligence on contemporary issues facing livestock development ; ii) promote innovative and collaborative approaches to pro-poor livestock research ( new technologies, policies, practices) in the fields of animal health, animal production and public health;  and iii) facilitate a [...]

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