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    Challenges in animal science to be considered at AgriFood Charities Partnership conference

    Posted 27 June 2023

    Dairy cattle on the Harper Adams farm

    A national conference examining some of the current challenges in animal science is to be held by the AgriFood Charities Partnership hosted at Harper Adams University.

    The conference – which will take place at the University’s campus in Shropshire on Friday, July 14 – will include presentations and discussions from a range of scientists involved in animal-related research, including several whose work has been funded by AFCP members.

    The Partnership creates opportunities to increase knowledge and expertise in the agri-food sector through collaboration and innovation via a network of charities and other funders.

    AFCP Chairman, Professor Graham Jellis, said: “AFCP is grateful to Harper Adams University for hosting this event and providing an opportunity to learn about exciting developments in livestock research and development at the university and elsewhere.”

    The conference will feature a number of Harper Adams staff, and will be opened by the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Lee – an international expert in sustainable livestock systems.

    Other Harper Adams academics speaking include Professor Jude Capper, Professor Liam Sinclair, Professor Karl Behrendt, Professor Bob Bansback, Dr Lynn McIntyre and the Director of the School of Sustainable Food and Farming, Simon Thelwell.

    Professor Lee said: “It is a pleasure to welcome the AFCP to Shropshire and to hear about some of latest research in Animal Science both at Harper and beyond at this joint conference.

    “The work the Partnership does is invaluable to the agri-food sector and shows the difference that we can make when we work together.”

    And Professor Bansback added: “The conference is a really good opportunity for  AFCP Charities to meet up with young researchers as well as an opportunity for them to hear about the important research work being carried out at Harper Adams’

    During the day, there will be an opportunity to hear about the animal science work being carried out at Harper Adams, as well a chance to look round the dairy, beef, sheep and pig units at the University farm.

    There will also be talks on research work funded by AFCP and a poster session showing the breadth of research in animal science, both in the university and elsewhere

    The conference will be free for AFCP members, students, University staff and other interested parties, though registration for the event is essential.

    Register at Eventbrite here for the conference and for any queries, please email

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