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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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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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The 1st UK Veterinary Vaccinology Network Conference

The 1st Veterinary Vaccinology Network Conference will be held in Birmingham on focuses on 16-17 February, 2015. The four network themes: Epidemiology and Economics, Novel Tools and Technologies, Protective Immunity and Immunogen Design. The conference will include plenary presentations, further presentations and interactive case studies for each theme. The aim of the case studies is to discuss novel vaccine advancement in the relevant themes, providing a forum for innovative vaccine research. Drawing innovative research together using multi-disciplinary collaborations based on the OneHealth approach. The Case Studies will bring together established key scientists, with policymakers, those who work in industry, funders, and International organizations with the aim to discuss Veterinary Vaccinology topics. The focus in these interactive discussions will be on the development of innovative research in the Veterinary [...]

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Improving the safety of the food chain through risk prevention in plant and animal production

The 10th Symposium of the Scientific Committee of the Belgian Food Safety Agency will take place on the 28th of November 2014 in Brussels (Auditorium Pacheco, Pachecolaan 13, 1000 Brussels). Starting from the application of a similar risk assessment approach in the plant and animal production sectors, the symposium will tackle the challenges of the development of an effective risk prevention strategy in order to improve the safety of the food chain (and in particular food safety). The program of the symposium is specially designed to attract risk assessors, risk managers, decision makers, stakeholders and consumers. Hereafter you can find the definitive program. Participants will be invited beforehand to respond to a survey on “Stakeholders perception and attitude towards risk prevention in plant and animal production”. The goal [...]

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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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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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