Animal welfare was top of mind at Animal Production 2016 Conference in Adelaide, with more than 330 scientists, researchers, students, consultants and producers from across Australia and the world attending the three-day event.
Jointly run by the Australian Society of Animal Production (ASAP) and the New Zealand Society of Animal Production (NZSAP), presenters discussed the most up-to-date research and animal health outcomes from across the globe, with keynote speakers including animal behavioural expert Temple Grandin, United States.
ASAP President Professor Phil Hynd said there had never been a more exciting time to be an animal scientist.
“As the conference progressed, I’ve become more excited by what’s going on in our industry from a production, protein demand and a product quality point of view,” he said.
“We’re facing the challenge of producing a consistent supply of high quality product, but at the same time meeting the demands that welfare requires.
“At the conference we heard how we can meet those challenges and considered how we might interact with consumers and use technologies. There’s an information revolution happening, and I genuinely think there isn’t a more exciting time to be in the livestock production industry.
“We are sitting in an incredible place where a whole lot of things have converged, including technologies that will give us the tools to be able to meet these challenges.”
Prof Hynd said another exciting outcome from the conference was that ASAP had officially joined the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS).
“The move will facilitate greater opportunities and networking between the two groups,” he said.
“ASAS is a world leader in production animal science, with a diverse, global membership base and Australia will be a huge benefactor in being able to tap into that offering.
The conference also marked the official launch of two South Australian organisations joining the Animal Welfare Science Centre (AWSC). The South Australian Research and Development Institute and the University of Adelaide joining current AWSC partners the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, University of Melbourne and Ohio State University.
The next Animal Production conference will be hosted by Charles Sturt University at Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, in 2018.
Prof Hynd thanked all of the sponsors, committee members and delegates who had played a part in an “outstanding” Adelaide conference.
Thank you to all of the sponsors of Animal Production 2016, including major sponsors the University of Adelaide, Meat & Livestock Australia, Baiada, PIRSA, Elanco Animal Health, Australian Pork Limited, Gribbles, Steggles, JBS Australia, Primo, Australian Wool Innovation, Dairy Australia, and Alltech.