Winner of free EAAP 2016 registration announced

An animal scientist from Scotland will be attending EAAP 2016 in Belfast for free after winning EAAP’s early bird competition.

Davina Hill from Scotland’s Rural College in Edinburgh was randomly selected as the winner from the list of people who registered to attend this year’s conference before before 31 December 2015.

A Quantitative Animal Scientist, Dr Hill has a number of research interests including how animals cope with environmental change and how this influences productivity.

She is currently investigating how environmental factors, such as temperature, drive behavioural decisions in animals from different genetic lines.

Her research is based on the wider issue of helping agriculture adapt to climate change by improving our understanding of animals’ responses to weather. 

Dr Hill's future work aims to identify management practices that help dairy cows maintain productivity under adverse conditions, and to assess whether breeding livestock for resilience to climate change is a feasible goal.

Climate Change is an important part of EAAP 2016 where the theme is Sustainable Food Production: Livestock’s Key Role.  

Relevant invited sessions at Belfast will include Livestock and climate change: current knowledge and policy challenge, New challenges in Environmental Assessment and Is animal nutrition contributing to reduced environmental impact.

Dr Hill said: “I am looking forward to being in Belfast as it’s a brilliant opportunity to catch the latest science and to network with other scientists working in my area.

“The brand new Waterfront venue sounds fantastic and winning this free registration is very much a bonus”.  

Davina is submitting a summary to give a presentation on the effects of weather on milk yield and quality in dairy cows.

Submissions for EAAP 2016 are welcome now. To be considered, you must submit an abstract by 1 March. Submit an abstract

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