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International Cow Fertility Conference - ‘New Science – New Practices’

An International Cow Fertility Conference themed ‘New Science – New Practices’ will take place in the Castlecourt Hotel, Westport, Mayo, Ireland, from 18-21 May. This international conference brings together the world’s leading scientists, animal health professionals and leading farmers to discuss the topic of effective reproduction of dairy and beef cattle. Improving cow fertility is crucial to the economic success of cattle farms and thus global food production.

The Conference, which is jointly organised by Teagasc, University College Dublin, British Cattle Veterinary Association, Cattle Association of Veterinary Ireland and the British Society of Animal Science, is bringing together world experts to explore the role of nutrition, management, genetics, disease and new technologies in improving cow fertility.

A series of workshops will examine the practical side of cattle fertility, including uterine health, superovulation and embryo transfer, the breeding bull, dry period nutrition, oestrous synchronisation and programmes for identifying and monitoring herd fertility.

This is an exciting time in the area of cattle reproduction with the advent of sexed semen, genomic selection and improved technologies for oestrous synchronisation and ovulation control in cattle.

Speaking in advance of the conference, Professor Michael Diskin, from the Animal and Bioscience Research Department in Teagasc, who is leading the conference organising team, said: “The average dairy and beef cow is surviving only three to five lactations respectively, so good fertility is a major challenge facing farmers around the world. This conference, not only addresses the underlying science behind major cow fertility issues, but also has a very strong emphasis on translating new knowledge into practical strategies to improve fertility in beef and milk herds, whilst maintaining animal health and welfare.”

This four day conference opens on Sunday 18 May and is accredited by the Veterinary Council of Ireland for veterinarians seeking updating and CPD. It is also highly relevant for scientists, advisers, specialists, lead farmers and those in the agricultural industry involved in cow fertility. It currently has over 250 delegates registered and will provide an excellent networking opportunity.
Further details of the programme and registration are available at: http://www.bsas.org.uk/events-conferences/new-science-new-practices Or National Events