Virtual Farm Walk on animal health and welfare to take place

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A virtual farm walk on animal health and welfare, taking place on Monday, October 5, at 8.00pm, is expected to highlight the challenges that will be faced on farm in the coming years.

This is the fifth online event in the successful series hosted by AgriSearch for the European Innovation Initiative (EIT) partners. The partners are ABP, John Deere along with Queen’s University and the University of Reading.

Professor Eric Morgan and Dr. Gareth Arnott of Queens’ University will be the guest speakers at the event entitled “Adapting to a changing world, a focus on sustainable parasite control and the evolution of animal welfare concepts”.

Queen’s University is a global leader with regards to research on this topic and the content will focus on the challenges that lie ahead for the farming sectors.

Eric Morgan is an internationally recognised veterinary specialist in parasitology. His research interests focus on the role of climate in shaping parasite epidemiology in a wide range of systems, and how better understanding in this area can aid control.

In this talk he will speak on the topic of parasite control in grazing livestock and the effect drug resistance and climate change will have in the coming years.

Gareth Arnott is a senior lecturer in animal behaviour and welfare with a research track record that spans from fundamental research to applied farm animal welfare and veterinary science.

His current farm animal welfare projects include examining factors influencing dairy cow welfare and the development of novel sensors to support performance, health and welfare in cattle.

His talk will focus on the wider topic of animal welfare, its impact and how it interacts with the ‘One Health’ concept.

The two farm ambassadors for this project, Sam Chesney from Co. Down and James Evans from Shropshire, both suppliers to ABP, will also speak on the steps they are taking on farm to maintain animal health and welfare standards amidst changing policy and advice.

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