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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

DairyCare

DairyCare WG1 & European Veterinary Immunology Group Joint Meeting

  The DairyCare EU COST and the European Veterinary Immunology Group (EVIG) will hold a Joint Meeting Dairy Care is a researcher network in Dairy Animal Health and Welfare, composed by 500 members from 31 participating COST countries, having the aim of improving dairy animal husbandry by combining biological, technological, engineering and social science expertise to optimise interactions between farmers and animals. The EVIG is the veterinary specialist group under the auspices of the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS); it is a platform for communication and exchange, enhancing European research in particular. The meeting topic will be “Periparturient Immune Function and the Acute Phase Response in Dairy Animals”, with particular focus on health and welfare issues and the role of veterinary immunology. The number of participants to [...]

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International Veterinary Immunology Symposium 2016

The 11th International Veterinary Immunology Symposium, ‘Veterinary Immunology: Connecting animals, humans and the land’, will take place next August in Australia. Research in Veterinary Immunology is growing rapidly, with new developments and exciting research breakthroughs. This conference aims to bring together researchers in the field of Veterinary Immunology, uniting the areas of immunology and animal health, as well as the issues around clinical treatments. Main topics will include: Innate immunity, Metabolic control, Vaccines, Infectious disease, Ecoimmunology, Acquired immunity, Parasitology, Clinical immunology, Viral immunology, Inflammation, Molecular Immunology, Diagnostics, Mucosal Immunology, Biosecurity, Functional genomics, Zoonosis. In addition, a workshop session, funded under the Bill & Melinda gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration (GCE), will allow participants to identify the most important barriers in veterinary immunology that are preventing progress in veterinary [...]

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IFAH Europe

IFAH-Europe conference 2015: Healthy animals, healthy food, a healthy future

The conference will look at the animal health industry’s contribution to a sustainable future and will bring together a wide range of European animal health and agrifood-chain stakeholders, European and national decision-makers, as well as other experts to increase a common understanding of: • Europe’s role in the global food security challenge and the affordability of food • Sustainable animal production and the role of animal health • The roIe of innovation in animal production and consumer acceptance See further details in the attached programme. The conference will build on the conclusions of IFAH-Europe’s 2012 food chain conference, entitled ‘Healthy animals for a safe, secure and sustainable food supply’. Who should attend • European animal health and agrifood-chain related organisations, stakeholder platforms and think tanks • European food [...]

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ISAH

XVII ISAH Congress, 2015

The Slovak Organizing Committee is pleased to welcome you to the XVII ISAH 2015 Congress in Košice. The congress is a unique opportunity for agriculture and scientists to meet and acquire new knowledge as well as to exchange experiences within animal science. The meeting will take place in Košice from 7th to 11th June 2015. A main theme of the congress will be “Animal hygiene in livestock production – the first step to food hygiene” dealing with product quality as well as resource efficiency, sustainability, animal welfare and agro-ecology. The program will cover various thematic topics such as livestock farming systems, animal nutrition, animal management and health and also cattle, sheep and poultry, goat, pig and horse production. More than 300 delegates from 57 countries are expected During [...]

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3rd One Health Conference

3rd International One Health Congress

IOHC2015 brings science and policy together aiming at the early recognition and control of emerging (infectious) diseases, now and in the years to come. Prevention at the source is the overall congress theme, as this is key in controlling (infectious) diseases that have a growing impact on humans, animals and their ecosystems. The 3rd International One Health Congress focuses on multidisciplinary collaboration involving human, veterinary and eco-health disciplines, other life sciences, social sciences, and informatics. The One Health approach is needed to ensure an improved and sustainable human and animal health and is key to improve monitoring, analysis and prevention of novel global threats posed by re-emerging(infectious) diseases and food safety hazards. The scientific focus of the 3rd International One Health Congress will be on how science can [...]

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Annual workshop of the Animal Health and GHG Emissions Intensity Network – 15 March 2015

The Animal Health and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Intensity Network of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (www.globalresearchalliance.org/) aims to bring together researchers from across the world to investigate links and synergies between efforts to reduce animal disease and reducing GHG emissions intensity. The second annual Network workshop will be held on Sunday 15th March 2015 (09.30-16.00) in the margins of Climate-Smart Agriculture 2015 Global Science Conference at Le Corum, Montpellier, France. The workshop will bring together relevant researchers (e.g. animal scientists, veterinary scientists, epidemiologists, economists, GHG researchers) and research funders to develop international links, share information on current research and discuss opportunities to build upon this research, and identify data requirements and expertise needed to progress work on animal health and GHG’s. If you are [...]

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