Equine experts galloping towards Belfast
International experts in the world of equine science will be heading to Northern Ireland this summer for EAAP - Europe’s largest animal science conference.
Science in commercial practice will be a key aspect of the event, set to take place at Belfast's Waterfront Hall and Conference centre from 29 August to 2 September.
As well as over 70 conference sessions, the conference will include opportunities to participate in technical tours to discuss how research and development is delivered and adopted at a commercial level.
One of the highlights of the conference will be the equine tour. This will include a visit to the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) Enniskillen Campus to view and discuss how education and training is delivered in the areas of equine health, reproduction and performance.
The tour will then move to Stragrane House in County Tyrone, the base of racehorse trainer Andy Oliver. This multiple group winning trainer and qualified vet trains both Flat and National Hunt horses. Delegates will undertake a tour of the yard and facilities and hear about training methods and management practices used to develop race winning horses.
The final stop will be at Tullyraine House Stud and Equine Clinic in County Down. Delegates will tour the stud and meet St. Leger and Breeders Cup winning stallion Conduit.
The equine clinic is the main equine referral practice in Northern Ireland and managed by Hugh Suffern, vet for the Irish Team and multiple bloodstock sales.
Delegates will go on a tour of the clinic facilities and hear about the services offered and areas of most demand.
With a blend of cutting-edge science, new innovations and demonstration of how science is translated and adopted into commercial practice EAAP2016 is a must-attend event for those involved in the science of agriculture, food and equine industries.