Dunbia has been unveiled as one of the key sponsors of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) Conference which will be held in Belfast from 29th August until 2nd September 2016.

The EAAP Conference, Europe’s largest animal science conference, aims to promote the advancement of scientific research in the livestock sector to improve areas such as production systems, animal welfare, sustainability, profitability and genetics.  The theme for EAAP2016 is Sustainable Food Production – Livestock’s Key Role.

Announcing the sponsorship, Mr Jim Dobson OBE, Dunbia Chief Executive commented:  “As one of the leading meat processors in the UK, Dunbia is delighted to sponsor EAAP 2016 in Belfast.  Our Agricultural Research Department is central to our vision of driving improvements and efficiencies across our industry through collaboration with industry bodies and academic institutions with the ultimate aim of creating a sustainable and profitable industry for all.  We believe that the UK agricultural industry is among the best in the world and through EAAP 2016 we can showcase it to stakeholders and key influencers from across the globe.”

Dr Sinclair Mayne, head of the EAAP organising team, welcomed Dunbia’s sponsorship: “EAAP 2016 is delighted that we have the support of a company of Dunbia’s caliber, particularly given their commitment to agricultural science and research.   The conference presents an ideal opportunity to bring renowned scientists and agriculture industry leaders together to discuss how research can help address the challenges that face the European livestock industry.”

EAAP 2016 received almost 1200 abstracts submissions from 66 countries around the world covering a huge array of topics ranging from genetics and livestock nutrition to pig, sheep and poultry production and aquaculture, as well as one-day symposiums including Amazing Grazing and Precision Livestock Agriculture.  Upwards of 1,300 delegates are expected to attend the five-day event.

“The importance of EAAP 2016 to Northern Ireland and the wider UK agriculture industry cannot be over-stated,” adds Dr Ryan Law, Dunbia Agricultural Research Manager.  “The record number of abstract submissions is an indication of the significance and reputation of this conference.  This is the first time in over 20 years that the conference has been held in the UK and it offers an  excellent opportunity to showcase the very best of UK and Irish livestock farming to an international audience and to engage, network and learn from the best in the world.”

Dr Law will be speaking at the conference on how processors can improve quality and drive innovation for the meat sector.