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Bristol to Host International Conference on Sustainable Livestock

With one in seven humans undernourished and with the challenges of population growth and climate change, the need for efficient food production has never been greater.

The University of Bristol will host an international conference to discuss this issue early next year [12-15 January 2016].

Whitebred Shorthorn Bull with Highland Cows

Whitebred Shorthorn Bull with Highland Cows
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The University has been instrumental in establishing an international programme on sustainable ruminant production, contributing to food security, sustainability and poverty alleviation called the Global Farm Platform.

The initiative currently comprises 15 leading universities and research institutes across six continents, with funding from the University’s Cabot Institute, the Worldwide Universities Network, the Global Innovation Initiative , the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and individual member institutions.

The Global Farm Platform is a unique international network of researchers and facilities working together to improve the sustainability of ruminant livestock production to benefit the environment, social wellbeing and livelihoods, human nutrition and health, and animal health and welfare.

The international conference, entitled ‘Steps to sustainable livestock’, hopes to bring together people working in the field of sustainable production to share ideas and develop best practice.

The themes during the four-day conference include:

  • Consumption of human food by livestock;

  • Animal species and genotypes suited to their environment;

  • Animal health and welfare;

  • Feeding animals optimally;

  • Human nutrition – focus on healthy food;

  • Husbandry systems appropriate for local environment, culture and economy;

  • Knowledge transfer;

  • Minimising environmental footprint.

Professor Mark Eisler, Chair in Global Farm Animal Health in the School of Veterinary Sciences and Cabot Institute at the University of Bristol, said:
“The conference will be a great opportunity for academics, researchers, non-governmental organisations, policy makers and livestock producers working toward sustainability of ruminant systems to share transformational knowledge and ideas.”

Professor Michael Lee, Chair in Sustainable Livestock Systems in the School of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol and Head of Rothamsted Research, North Wyke site, added:
“The conference is a fantastic opportunity to develop strategies to move towards a more sustainable livestock sector globally.”

Confirmed key note speakers include:

  • Harinder Makkar, Chief Scientist, FAO, Rome
  • Brian Perry, Visiting Professor, University of Oxford
  • Glen Broderick, University of Wisconsin
  • Graeme Martin, University of Western Australia
  • Claire Heffernan, University of Reading
  • Imke de Boer, Wageningen University & Research Centre
  • Ian Givens, University of Reading
  • Chuck Rice, Kansas State University
  • Michael Winter, University of Exeter
  • Molly Jahn, University of Wisconsin
  • Michael Lee, Rothamsted Research and University of Bristol
  • Ellen Goddard, University of Alberta
  • Mark Eisler, University of Bristol
  • Patricia Lucas, University of Bristol
  • Becky Whay, University of Bristol

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