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Global food security and sustainably - efficient small ruminant production.

Background

How must small ruminant production efficiency be improved to sustainably meet the needs of the world’s growing human population for food?

Global ruminant livestock production is inherently inefficient, and small ruminant farming is frequently uneconomic, or fails to alleviate poverty in a welfare-­‐friendly manner.  Our Ninth International Sheep Veterinary Congress will identify opportunities for improvement in the efficiency of small ruminant production to sustainably meet the needs of the world’s growing population for food.

Progressive improvement of agricultural production efficiency through the twenty-­first century is a global priority to meet the burgeoning needs of the world’s population for food and fibre. However, agricultural sustainability is threatened by a global reduction in available productive land, regional scarcities of replenishable water and the inevitable failure of disease control. 

Goats are generally efficient in their metabolism and tolerance of poor quality and potentially toxic nutrients, while sheep are particularly well-­‐adapted to convert short herbage to milk or meat. Different small ruminant breeds and production systems have been developed to suit local resources in seasonally biodiverse environments throughout the world.  Small ruminants are therefore adaptable to meet global needs for food security and have potentially important roles in improving the health and wellbeing of the rural poor in their marginal environments. Small ruminants are further suited to enhancing the livelihoods of the poor, due to their manageable size, relatively low maintenance requirements, low capital investment cost, short generation interval and ease of marketing of animals and products, hence suitability as short-­‐term economic reserves.  Small ruminant farming is widely considered to be a solution to the challenge of achieving socioeconomically and environmentally sustainable global food security in the face of effects of population growth, urbanisation and affluence, vulnerability to climate change and the hitherto irresponsible agricultural use of drugs and chemicals.

The Ninth International Sheep Veterinary Congress will be held in Harrogate, England over a period of five days between 22nd and 26th May 2017, forming the basis for enduring longer- term collaboration between colleagues with complementary interests in small ruminant health and production. The aim is to provide a platform for the translation of applied research findings in the fields of genetics, animal husbandry and disease management into economically and environmentally sustainable utilisation of natural resources by small ruminants in their target environments. 

Plenary talks

Each day of the congress will be framed by a plenary talk, which will introduce and describe the crucial overarching challenges facing sheep and goat production with reference to global food and fibre security.  Each plenary talk will be followed by a relevant structured discussion with the aim of informing the rest of the day’s agenda and interaction.

Topic focused streams

The rest of each morning of the congress will have five separate streams, each focused on a specific topic. The scope of the topics will comprehensively address small ruminant health and production in accordance with the aim of producing recommendations and guidelines to meet the food and fibre security needs of the world’s growing human population. Each topic will be introduced by a scene-­‐setting keynote talk and followed by a series of relevant proffered papers. The keynote talks will outline challenges and priorities, provide an overview of current knowledge, introduce the proffered papers, and present any complementary new information. Proffered papers will be allocated to the most relevant topic.

One stream, focused primarily on infectious disease control will be held under the auspices of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management, providing a platform to share the interests and expertise of the College with colleagues from different regions of the world.

Throughout the course of the congress one innovative stream will be aimed primarily, but not exclusively at the needs of farm animal veterinary practitioners and veterinary students. Sessions will be led by small ruminant specialist clinicians and will feature presentations proffered by practitioners on a wide range of subjects. Over the course of the congress, the stream will draw on the success of the Sheep Veterinary Society’s ‘talking sheep’ events, newsgroup, webinars and web-­‐ based hub of resources, providing a framework for clinical excellence in sheep health and production.

All streams will be open to all delegates and movement between streams will be facilitated to support personal interests. Wherever possible, clashes between similar topics will be avoided. The multiple-­‐stream format inevitably means that it is not possible to attend every keynote talk and proffered paper of interest, hence in addition to proceedings being available at the start of the congress, presentations will be recorded matched to their Powerpoint slides and made available to delegates.

Posters

Poster presentations will be integrated by including concise verbal summaries with relevant parts of the programme.

Workshops

In addition to the integrated continuation of the clinical excellence stream, four afternoons will include a series of structured interactive workshops engaging and actively drawing on the diverse expertise of scientist, practitioner and advisor delegates, representing every sector of small ruminant production.

Each workshop will address up to three specific challenges for efficient and sustainable small ruminant production in regions with both established and developing agricultural economies. A questionnaire will be developed and used to identify relevant challenges and aid in the structure of the discussions.  Challenges faced in different regions might be as diverse as haemonchosis, respiratory disease, vector borne disease threats, lack of diagnostic tests, mastitis, or poor access to small ruminant clinical expertise. The workshops will be introduced by overviews of the challenges given by regional representatives, and will involve a mix of proffered presentations and structured discussion engaging the opinions and expertise of delegates both from and outwith the nominated regions.

The aims of the workshops are to identify solutions to specific challenges to sustainable small ruminant production and format recommendations.  Careful planning will be undertaken to ensure that challenges presented in the workshops are relevant to all delegates, regardless of the nominated regions.  It will be important for delegates to feel that as well as contributing towards solutions to specific regional challenges, they also have the opportunity to listen to, discuss and learn from topics that are relevant across many different regions. A range of educational tools including use of electronic devices will be used to encourage and collate responses. Ethics approval to hold the workshops will be sought to allow for publication of the outputs as a platform for further development.

Summary session

Our Ninth International Sheep Veterinary Congress will bring together committed small ruminant practitioners, scientists and advisors from around the world, thereby affording a unique opportunity to address the challenges facing sustainably-­‐efficient small ruminant production. The ambitious programme for the final afternoon will bring everybody together to identify next steps and pathways to impact. A plenary talk will be followed by a series of short presentations summarising the key outputs of the previous topic focused streams and workshops. This will help to inform a focused debate leading to the formulation of clear recommendations and guidelines for small ruminant health and production to meet the needs of the world’s growing human population.

Draft programme

The precise programme will evolve in response to the emphasis of proffered papers and specific interests of delegates.  The final programme will also accommodate ISVA business.

The draft programme is shown below.

Sunday 21st May 2017    Registration open from 14.00 - 18.00 hrs

Monday 22nd May 2017

08.00 – 09.20 Registration and welcome from the International Sheep Veterinary Association.
09.20 - 09.45

Welcome ceremony and introduction of the Congress theme.

09.45 - 10.30 Plenary talk and structured discussion: Global priorities for food security and the role of small ruminants. (Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, Director, Moredun Research Institute.)

10.30 - 10.35

Explanation of the programme, objectives for the Congress and arrangements. (Professor Neil Sargison)

10.35 - 11.05

Break and informal discussion.

11.05 - 13.00

Antimicrobial resistance and responsible use of medicines in small ruminants.

Keynote: FVE Despoina Iatidou

6 talks.

Small ruminant zoonoses, public health and food safety.

Keynote: Martin Ganter

10 talks.

Global small ruminant production economics.

Keynote: Paul Kenyon

10 talks.

Abortion and perinatal lamb and kid survival.

Keynote: Rene van den Brom & Juiio Benavides

10 talks

Clinical excellence in sheep health and production.
(Phil Scott)

Anaesthesia and analgesia.

Ewe mortality.
3 talks.

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch.

14.00 -17.00

(including a 30 minute break)

Workshops: mutual challenges for efficient and sustainable small ruminant production

Small ruminant nutrition.
Keynote: Nigel Kendall

20 talks.

Lameness.
Keynote: Margit Groenevelt

14 talks.

Clinical excellence in sheep health and production.

Surgical procedures and fluid therapy.

Constraints in poor and developing agricultural economic regions.

Ray Bately and Andy Hopker

Overview of the
Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health.

Peter Freeman

 

Better understanding of so-called “iceberg diseases”.

MV/CAE, OPA, CLA, OJD, BDV.

17.00 – 18.00

Boehringer Ingelheim

seminar

ECSRHM AGM

18.00 – 19.00 Welcome reception.

 

Tuesday 23nd May 2017

07.45 – 08.50 MSD breakfast meeting: Preventive Health Management.
09.00 - 09.55 Plenary talk and structured discussion: Research aims to ensure efficient and sustainable food production from small ruminants. (Professor Bruce Whitelaw, University of Edinburgh, The Roslin Institute)
10.00 - 10.52

The concept of sustainable livestock production.
Keynote: Liz Genever

4 talks.

Global challenges due to small ruminant trematode parasites.
Keynote: Philip Skuce

4 talks.

Small ruminant reproductive management.
Keynote: Alfonso Abecia

4 talks.

Mastitis.
Keynote: George Fthenakis 

4 talks.

Clinical excellence in sheep health and production.

Diagnostic imaging

10.52 - 11.30

 

Break and informal discussion.

11.00 – 11.30

11.30- 13.00

Continued.
9 talks
Continued.
3 talks
Continued.
11 talks
Continued.
10 talks
Continued.

Small ruminant endoparasites.
6 talks.

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch.

14.00 -17.30
(including a 30 minute break)

Workshops:mutual challenges for efficient and sustainable small ruminant production.

Lameness.
9 talks.

Clinical excellence in sheep health & production.

Biochemistry, clinical cases, antimicrobial use and vaccines

 

Strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities for lamb producers in the changing world.
Fiona Lovatt

Constraints in South America.
Mario Balaro

Mastitis in southern Europe.
George Fthenakis

Wound healing.
1 talks.

17.00 – 18.00

Panel discussion on efficient utilisation of

carcases and carcase parts to benefit human nutrition and the environment.

Kate Wingett

SVS OGM. Mastitis discussion.

Sheep discussions forums

Martin Ganter

Evening Congress Opening Dinner - The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate.

 

Wednesday 24th May 2017

09.00 - 09.55 Plenary talk and structured discussion: Improving small ruminant production efficiency through global solutions to local challenges and local solutions to global challenges (Professor Neil Sargison, on behalf of ISVC)
10.00 -  10.52

Nematode parasite control.
Keynote: Brown Besier

4 talks.

Small ruminant animal welfare.
Keynote: Susan Richmond

4 talks.

Genetic selection for production and disease resistance.
Keynote: Dianna Bowles

4 talks.

Ovine pulmonary adenomatosis, enzootic nasal tumour, small ruminant lentiviruses and scrapie.
Keynote: Auora Ortín and Karim Adjou

4 talks.

Clinical excellence in sheep health and production.

Necropsy.  Foot and mouth.

10.52 – 11.30

 

Break and informal discussion.

 

11.00 – 11.30

11.30 - 13.00

Continued.
10 talks
Continued.
9 talks
Continued.
6 talks

Continued.
10 talks.

Continued.

Small ruminant reproductive management.

4 talks

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch.

14.00 -18.00

(including a 40 minute break)

Workshop on global control and eradication of Peste des Petits Ruminants.
Paula Menzies (University of Guelph)
Beth Miller (International Goat Association)
FAO and OIE

Clinical excellence in sheep health and production.

OPA, MV, and bluetongue.   Biomes and immunology.

Evening Free evening.

 

Thursday 25th May 2017

09.00 - 09.55

Plenary talk and structured discussion: Policy on food security and small ruminant production. (Dr Antonio Rota, International Fund for Agricultural Development)

10.00 - 10.52

Arthropod parasites and vector -borne diseases.

Keynote: Peter Bates

4 talks.

Portozoal parasites as production limiting disesases of small ruminants and public health concerns

Keynote: Frank Katzer

4 talks.

Globally important cestode parasites of small ruminants.

Keynote: Paula Menzies

4 talks.

Other infectious diseases (immunology and vaccination).
Keynote: Delia Lacasta

4 talks.

Clinical excellence in sheep health and production.

Sheep Welfare

11.00 – 11.30

10.52 - 11.30

Break and informal discussion.

11.30 - 13.00

Continued.
8 talks.

Continued.
2 talks.

Continued.
2 talks.

Continued.
7 talks.

Continued.

Small ruminant production.
7 talks.

Development of diagnostic tests. Keynote: Valentina Busin

7 talks.

Small ruminant reproductive management.
2 talks.

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch.
14.00 -15.30

Johnes disease, tuberculosis and caseous lymphadenitis.
Keynote: Peter Windsor and Valentín Pérez

5 talks.

Engagement and health planning.

8 talks.

Workshop: Ewe nutrition and its impact on production.

(Liz Genever and Lesley Stubbings/AHDB)

Control of the spread of diseases into Europe and between European countries.
Keynote: Paul Roger

7 talks.

Clinical excellence in sheep health and production.

Flock health planning, metabolic diseases and other clinical investigations.

Caesarian surgery.
15.30 - 16.00 Break and discussion. 
16.00 - 18.00

The work of the International Sheep Veterinary Association.
Bids for the 10th International Sheep Veterinary Congress.
ISVA Quadrennial General Meeting

Evening

International Evening - The Royal Hall & Theatre, Harrogate.

 

Friday 26th May 2017

09.00 - 09.55 Plenary talk and structured discussion: Translation of research findings and clinical expertise into increased sheep production efficiency (pathways to impact). (Jeremy Salt, GALVmed)
10.00 - 10.52

Education to address the needs of small ruminant farmers, keepers and vets.
Keynote: Ken Pettey

4 talks

Importance of international, national, regional and farm-level biosecurity.
Keynote: Steve Pointing

4 talks.

Anthelmintic resistance, sustainable helminth control.
Keynote: Eileen Devaney

4 talks.

Respiratory disease in small ruminants.
Keynote: José María González

4 talks.

Clinical excellence in sheep health and production.

Knowledge transfer.

10.52 - 11.30

Break and informal discussion. 11.00 - 11.30

11.30 - 13.00

Continued.
Keynote: Stuart Barber

7 talks.

Continued.
6 talks.

Continued.
8 talks.

Continued.
8 talks.

Continued.

Toxicology.
3 talks.

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch.
14.00 -14.45 Plenary talk and structured discussion: Opportunity and challenges for the small ruminant sector from developing country perspective. (Dr Purvi Mehta-Bhatt, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
14.45 -15.00 Introduction of summary presentations and discussion.

15.00 - 15.20

Break and informal discussion.

15.20 - 16.30

Summary discussion: Formulation of clear recommendations and guidelines for small ruminant health and production to meet the needs of the world’s growing human population.
16.30 - 17.00 Close of congress.
Evening Gala Farewell Dinner - The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.

 

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