Sessions: To Cull or Breed - that is the Question!
Donagh Berry works as a principal investigator in statistical genetics at Teagasc, Moorepark, Ireland since completing his PhD in Animal Genetics in 2003. He is responsible for the development of the national cattle breeding objectives which includes the prioritisation of the relative importance of different animal characteristics in the national breeding goals, generation of statistical and genomic models to generate accurate individual animal estimates of genetic merit for all traits, and the development of optimal breeding schemes to ensure long-term genetic gain.
Sessions: To Cull or Breed - that is the Question!
Harriet graduated with a BSc in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Exeter in 2012 and went on to research the effects on nutrition in sexually selected traits in cockroaches.
She then spent a year working for the Rare Breeds Survival Trust monitoring and promoting rare breed livestock. In 2015 Harriet began her PhD to investigate cattle breeding systems in Sub-Saharan African to improve profitability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Dr Sam Hoste has over 15 years senior management and Board level experience providing business and technical solutions in food supply chains. He has worked in the UK, USA, Canada, South Africa and the Far East with retailers, processors and farmers.
The focus of Quantech Solutions is to assist companies in their innovations and commercialising agritech and digital technologies applied to animal value chains. Agritech – the input side to agriculture – is the hardware and software tools that farmers and value chains use to improve: productivity, the environment, water quality, soil health, animal health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Sam is especially interested in digital applications to animal agriculture – or Precision Livestock Farming, alternative proteins (insect and algae), applications of gene editing, and Clean Meat.
Sam is also one of the team of AgriTech Specialists in the Department for International Trade.
Thomas founded Beta Bugs after spotting the opportunity for improved genetics in the rapidly developing insect farming industry. As an early stage innovation leader, he has secured £1.7M in funds from private and public sector funders to deploy the infrastructure, human resource and expertise required to establish an industry-first nucleus population and selective breeding programme for Black Soldier Fly adjacent to The Roslin Institute, world leader in animal genetics.
Sessions: Global Zoonotic Disease
Valentina graduated from the University of Turin, Italy, in 2007 and worked in mixed and farm animal practices for 3 years, before undertaking a farm animal residency and obtaining the Diploma for the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management. She subsequently completed a mechanical engineering PhD program. She is currently a senior veterinary clinician in disease investigation at the University of Glasgow. Valentina has lectured nationally and internationally and authored multiple scientific papers. Her interests focus on food security, small ruminants’ medicine and production, farm animal disease diagnostics (in particular point-of-care testing) and disease surveillance.
Frédéric Leroy graduated as a Bioengineer from Ghent University in 1998, before obtaining a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he now holds a professorship in food science and (bio) technology. His research deals with bacterial communities in (fermented) foods, human and animal health, food studies, and ‘food traditions’. Frederic is actively involved in a number of academic non-profit societies, such as the Belgian Association of Meat Science and Technology (BAMST) and the Belgian Nutrition Society (BNS). He also serves on the Scientific Board of the World Farmers Organization (WFO) and the Danone Institute Belgium.
Frederic will be challenging delegates with his presentation titled – ‘Animal source foods in health diets’, which will focus on the controversial position of animal source foods in current and future food systems. He will be addressing the topic mostly from a nutritional perspective (but also with repercussions for the environmental debate), by contrasting their beneficial role in essential nutrition with the (alleged) effects on the development of chronic disease.
Jennie is a Professor of Sustainable Nutrition and Health at the University of Aberdeen, with a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and Food Science and PhD in Psychology. She currently leads a programme of interdisciplinary research on nutrition security and sustainable diets. She published the first study to test the compatibility of achieving nutritional requirements and climate change mitigation and develop key principles for sustainable diets and is a co-author of the joint FAO and WHO report on sustainable diets.
Sessions: To Cull or Breed - that is the Question!
Jonathan is Chief Executive of RAFT and Professor of Sustainable Livestock Health and Welfare at Harper-Keele Veterinary School, Institute of Sustainable Health and Welfare (InSHAW). He graduated from Cambridge University Veterinary School in 1996 and is a cattle vet, Partner and Chair of Bishopton Veterinary Group LLP, a 40 vet practice in Ripon, North Yorkshire (a member of XLVets).
He is Past-President of the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) and the Yorkshire Veterinary Society and has sat on the GB ‘Cattle Health & Welfare Group’ (CHAWG), GB ‘Sheep Health & Welfare Group’ (SHAWG), the Veterinary Policy Group (VPG) of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and is a past director of Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS) and member of the ‘FarmSkills’ Steering Group. He is an examiner for the University of Liverpool, member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Advanced Practitioner Panel, a member of the Nottingham Dairy Innovation Forum, the International Embryo Transfer Society and served on the Veterinary Residues and Products Committees (VRC & VPC) of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD).
Jonathan currently sits on UK Animal Science Advisory Board (ASAB) Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), is a fellow of Askham Bryan College and is a non-executive director of the Animal Health and Welfare Board of England (AHWBE).
Chairing: Global Food Security - Health
Jude L. Capper, PhD, DSc (h.s.) ARAgS has two main roles: she is the ABP Chair and Professor of Sustainable Beef and Sheep systems at Harper Adams University in Shropshire, UK; and is an independent Livestock Sustainability Consultant based in Oxfordshire, UK.
Jude's research focuses on modeling the sustainability of livestock production systems, specifically dairy, beef and sheep. She is currently working on projects relating to on-farm greenhouse gas emissions from UK beef production; climate footprints of smallholder farming; the impacts of livestock health and welfare on system sustainability; and technology use in South American beef production. She sits on the National Beef Association board; is Chair of the Route Panel for Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care and Vice-Chair of the Green Apprenticeships Advisory Panel at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.
She has an active social media presence and spends a considerable amount of time de-bunking some of the more commonly-heard myths relating to livestock production. In 2021, Jude was awarded both an honorary doctorate (DSc honoris causa) by Harper Adams University, and the Sir John Hammond Award by the British Society of Animal Science and British Cattle Breeders Club, in recognition of her contributions to the UK livestock industry.
Michael Lee is an expert in sustainable livestock systems, defining their role in securing global food security at the same time as protecting environmental health (Livestock’s role in human and planetary health). He graduated with first class honors in Animal Science from University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1997 and gained a PhD in ruminant nutrition (protein and energy metabolism) from the University of Aberdeen in 2001 followed by Post graduate certificate for teaching in higher education from Aberystwyth University in 2012. He worked for the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research from 2001-2008 (with his first post-doc on ruminal lipid metabolism), before the merger with Aberystwyth University where he stayed as a Principle Scientist and Senior Lecturer in animal nutrition and rumen biochemistry until moving to the University of Bristol, School of Veterinary Science (Bristol Veterinary School) in 2013 as a Reader in Sustainable Livestock Systems. In 2015 he took a joint appointment between Rothamsted Research and the University of Bristol as Head of Site at North Wyke and was promoted to Chair in Sustainable Livestock Systems later that same year. In November 2020 Michael moved to his current position as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Harper Adams University, England’s Premier specialist agriculture and land use University. He has published over 300 research articles and papers including recent articles in Nature and Science. He was awarded the Sir John Hammond Memorial Prize in 2015 for services to Animal Science. In August 2016, he was elected as Vice President of the European Federation of Animal Science Livestock Farming Systems Commission and in August 2019 became President of the commission.
Nancy R. Gee is a highly respected Professor of Psychiatry, Bill Balaban Chair in Human Animal Interaction, and the Director of the Center for Human Animal Interaction at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, USA. President-Elect of the International Society for Anthrozoology, Nancy has extensive research and teaching experience and has specialised in the area of Human Animal Interaction (HAI) for the past 17 years.
Her own program of research has focused primarily on the impact of dogs on aspects of human cognition, including working memory, executive functioning and physiological responses such as heart rate variability to interactions with dogs. Currently Dr. Gee’s grant funded research programme is focusing on how hospital-based therapy dog visitation programs may impact loneliness and other related indices, as well as overall health care costs in vulnerable populations such as older adults, people with mental illness, and children.
Professor Peter Williams is senior Nutritionist with Green Plains and Fluid Quip Processing Technologies. With experience in animal nutrition in both academia and commerce he is past president of the British Society of Animal Science and Emeritus Professor at the University of Nottingham Trent. Ex R&D Director of a leading international feed additive livestock nutrition-company, he is now CEO of AG_Bio Ltd an animal nutrition consultancy, consulting in Agri Business and Science. Peter currently leads several current, high profile R&D projects focusing on alternative proteins for feed and food including a novel grain high protein product from the bioethanol industry. The alternative protein, corn fermented protein, is currently produced in the USA and next year will reach a production level of 1 mill ton per annum. Peter was totally responsible for the nutrition program to demonstrate the efficacy of the product. In his spare time Peter is an assessor for agriculture Innovate UK projects.
Sessions: Hammond Lecture 2022
Phil is Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Nottingham where he has worked since 1980. Phil leads the AHDB Research Partnership on Animal Health, Welfare and Nutrition, and has collaborated on many international research projects. His research covers all aspects of dairy production, including how nutrition affects rumen function, milk yield and composition, methane and nitrogen emissions, body condition score, metabolic hormones, cow fertility and whole-farm feed efficiency. The main theme of his research is to optimise resource use and profitability of animal production systems whilst reducing their environmental impact. He has published more than 200 academic papers, supervised more than 30 PhD students, and given presentations in more than 40 countries. In 2019, he was awarded the prestigious Leroy Fellowship by the European Federation for Animal Science for “an outstanding scientific contribution to Animal Production over a sustained period”.
Chairing: Global Zoonotic Disease
The session will be chaired by Steve Dunham, Associate Professor in Veterinary Virology at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, at the University of Nottingham, where he is actively involved in research alongside his teaching responsibilities. Steve has a broad range of interests in veterinary and fundamental virology. A key focus of his research is the study of influenza A in avian hosts. Using molecular and cellular approaches, Steve aims to understand the mechanisms of host resistance and disease development in avian species using ducks and chickens as representative hosts in a natural model for influenza A infection.