Conference to look at future of livestock production

The British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) Annual Conference 2014 will look at the potential effects of large-scale livestock systems on animal health and welfare, during a workshop that will look at the future of livestock production.

The workshop will form part of the two-day BSAS event at the University of Nottingham on 29 and 30 April.

Expert speakers will discuss system design, as well as the technology and techniques being used in large-scale systems. The workshop will also identify areas where more work needs to be done to address concerns over how food is produced.

BSAS chief executive Mike Steele said: “In the face of growing world populations, diminishing resources and changing food demands, we have to look at alternative food production systems.

“Understandably, intensive production raises concerns for many, but it’s important to look behind the emotive arguments to see if we have the technology to address those concerns and, if not, what can science do to help overcome them.

“It is right that livestock production systems are properly scrutinised and if we decide large-scale systems are not for us, we need to think about where animal science and technology goes next to help us produce secure, sustainable food.”

Presentations, aimed at farmers, vets, researchers and policy-makers, will focus on how technology is helping in livestock production, as well as where science needs developing to help farm businesses be profitable and productive in 2020.

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