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Society of Feed Technologists

Annual Ruminant Conference 

Thursday 19th April 2018 

The Windmill Village Hotel, Birmingham Road, Allesley, Coventry CV5 9AL 


The Annual SFT Ruminant Conference 2018 boasts a panel of expert speakers covering a range of key issues of importance to everyone involved in feeding ruminants.  Attendees will have the opportunity to question and discuss the topics with the speakers throughout the day.   

  • Protein for Dairy Cows: How Low is Achievable? Dr. Chris Reynolds, Professor of Animal and Dairy Science, Reading University 
  • Reappraisal of Fats in Dairy Diets Dr. John Newbold, Head of Technical, Animal Nutrition, Volac 
  • Nutritional Value of Seaweed for Ruminants  Mairead Campbell, Postgraduate student, QUB and Edgar Pye Scholar 2017. 
  • A Review of Acidosis in Ruminants Dr. Nick Jonsson, Professor of Production Animal Health, Glasgow University  
  • Precision Dairy Farming:  the Future for Sensors Dr. Vivi Thorup, Lead Animal Scientist, IceRobotics Ltd 
  • New Insights in to the ME and Degradability of Maize Silage from “in vivo” Assessment  Dr. Caroline Rymer, Associate Professor of Animal Science, Reading University. 


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The Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity 2018 will bring together representatives from international and governmental agencies, the academic and industrial research community, non-governmental organisations and the commercial & technical leaders in the food industry and its supply chain to discuss, debate and provide leadership on tackling a range of serious challenges that face the integrity of our global food supply system. The Summit will feature a number of high level strategic presentations on key issues by internationally recognised leaders. It will also place a firm emphasis on harnessing the collective knowledge and experience of the delegates to address these challenges through the formulation of policy recommendations to governments and a Summit communique.  

Themes include:

  • Deliberate contamination of food
  • The threat from pathogens to the food system
  • Human exposure to chemical cocktails present in foods
  • Delivering the nutritional needs for the 21st century global population

Find out more and register at www.asset2018.eu



SUMMER SCHOOL  - "Agroecology and animal production"  

July 2nd to 5th 2018 - VetAgro Sup
Clermont-Ferrand (France)

Agreenium and Wageningen University and Research are pleased to announce the second edition of a joint summer school on agroecology and animal production.

The objective of this course is to gain in-depth understanding of the holistic and interdisciplinary agroecological approach in relation to livestock systems and how to implement them in various conditions:

  • Theoretical framework for agroecological livestock farming systems
  • How to realize transition
  • Assessment of livestock systems under agroecological framework
  • Innovations to allow agroecological transition

The course is aimed at M.S. and Ph.D candidates from various sectors:

  • Higher education and research: Ph.D students, researchers, teachers
  • Professionals: research & development, advisor, consulting, technical  support, public policy





9 - 21 September, St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge

What is CAWSEL?

CAWSEL is a professionally developed range of courses aimed at providing attendees with a broad appreciation of animal welfare science, ethics and law. The topics covered include: Welfare Concepts and Assessment, and Zoo Animal Welfare; Law and Companion Animal and Horse Welfare; Principles of Ethics in Relation to Animal Use and Farm Animal Welfare.

With a legacy spanning over two decades, CAWSEL is comprised of four Courses aimed at veterinarians, veterinary nurses, animal welfare researchers, animal science researchers, FE, HE, Masters or PhD students and animal charity workers or campaigners. Delegates can choose to attend as many Courses as they wish, all being taught and priced individually. Historically, the courses have attracted students from over 25 countries world-wide.

CAWSEL Ambassador and 2016 attendee, Jess Rendle (BSc (Hons) MSc ATLS, PhD Candidate at Murdoch University, Western Australia) describes the course as “epic”. Jess adds that she felt “truly inspired by meeting the world’s leaders in animal welfare and mingling with like-minded people who were on the course.”

15 experts in the field of animal welfare, all eminent academics and professionals, are involved in delivering the material over the two weeks, through a combination of lectures, videos and discussions.

Amongst them are Professor Emeritus Donald Broom (Cambridge University) who has lectured on animal welfare in 43 countries, had published over 200 refereed papers and seven books; Professor Emeritus David Morton, awarded a CBE for his “services to the UK and International Veterinary Profession especially Animal Welfare and Ethics”; and course organiser, Dr Anthony Podberscek (University of Sydney), board member of The International Society for Anthrozoology and editor-in-chief of Anthrozoös, the multidisciplinary journal of the interactions of people and animals.

Early Bird Fees (valid until April 30th) vary from £400 to £980 per Course, and some grants are available via the Douglas Houghton Memorial Fund. We also offer Student and Charity rates. We take online registrations only for all four Courses. Find out more including fees and available grants on our official website: www.cawsel.com

For more information on this course, contact Madalina Marincas at Opening Doors & Venues, the appointed organisers:

Tel: +44 (0) 1562 731788

Email: CAWSEL@opening-doors.org.uk

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