Europe's biggest animal science event kicks-off in Belfast
Animal scientists from more than fifty countries have arrived in Belfast for the opening day of Europe’s biggest animal science event.
Over 1500 delegates have gathered at the city’s Waterfront Conference Centre to hear about the latest developments in livestock science, and the ways science can help animal production.
The four-day event will feature more than 1000 presentations from scientists, industry leaders and global exports who are set to discuss issues ranging from genetics, nutrition, management, health and animal physiology.
Sectors being covered include dairy and beef cattle, sheep, pigs and aquaculture.
A special symposium featuring European Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan and Northern Ireland farming minister Michelle McIlveen will also focus on sustainable food production, and the role livestock can play in feeding the world.
Mike Steele, chief executive of conference organisers the British Society of Animal Science, says the event will be an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland and UK agriculture and science to a global audience.
“As well as having some of the best farming systems in the world, the United Kingdom is home to some world-leading scientists whose work is helping shape the way food is produced,” he says.
“EAAP 2016 is an incredible opportunity to not only show what is being done here, but to also share ideas about how scientists and farmers across the world can work together to improve food production systems.
“As the world’s population grows, we need to find ways to produce sustainable supplies of healthy, safe and nutritious food, and livestock have an important role to play in that,” he adds.
“Being in Belfast this week gives us a unique chance to talk about the issues we face together, and plan the ways we are going to resolve them.”
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