Northern Ireland’s livestock sector to be showcased at EAAP 2016
Developments in Northern Ireland’s livestock sector will come under the spotlight this summer as world leaders in animal science and livestock production come to Belfast for Europe’s largest animal science conference.
More than a thousand experts from around the globe will travel to Belfast to discuss the latest in livestock science and animal production at the annual European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) Conference.
Focusing on the developments in sustainable livestock production, the conference will cover a host of subjects around animal science, including genetics, nutrition, management, health and animal physiology.
Technical sessions will cover cattle, sheep, goat and pig production, the equine sector as well as fish, food and industry-relevant science.
Northern Ireland’s livestock sector will also be showcased as delegates will hear about current industry challenges, particularly the drive for increased efficiency given current low levels of profitability, the development of added value products and the key role of grassland in cattle, sheep and milk production.
AFBI Director of Sustainable Agri-Food Sciences Sinclair Mayne, who is chairman of the EAAP Local Organising Committee, said the event will be a unique opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland’s livestock and scientific sectors to a global audience.
“Northern Ireland has long been recognised for its pioneering work in livestock science and production, and this conference provides an excellent opportunity to bring all these developments to the fore,” he said.
“We’re hugely excited to be able to welcome scientists, policy makers, industry experts and producers from across the world to Belfast for what will be an unforgettable event.”
The conference will also provide a major international platform for UK companies and organisations who are sponsoring the event, including Devenish Nutrition, Alltech, Dunbia, AFBI and Moy Park.
Other supporters include BBSRC, Evonik, Teagasc, Agrisearch, Germinal, Global Farm Platform, Thompsons, Karro and the Irish Farmers Journal.
Registration for the five-day event, which will be held in Belfast’s Waterfront Centre from 29 August to 2 September is now open, with discounted fees for those who book before 30 June 2016.
In addition to a full conference timetable, attendees can register for a place at the conference dinner, a unique Taste of Ulster Banquet which will include fine local foods and culture, hosted at the world famous Titanic Experience Centre.
Accompanying guests can also participate in a special programme which will take them to some of Northern Ireland’s most spectacular locations, including Stormont, Belfast’s Parliament buildings the Giant’s Causeway and the world’s oldest whiskey distillery, Bushmills.