Pre-Conference | 21 - 22 September

Organic Animal Husbandry Systems – Their Performance, Potential, Possibilities, and Challenges

Main Topics:
  • Organic husbandry in a farming system approach
  • Animal-friendly, sustainable feeding and grazing systems
  • Breeding programs and strategies
  • Animal welfare approaches and strategies
  • Animal health and use of bioactive medicinal plants
  • Role of animals for optimizing plant production systems and global agricultural production
  • Organic livestock products and marketing organic livestock practices
  • Importance of livestock to healthy soils, pastures, ecosystems, and nutrition
Objectives:
  • Offer farmers, advisors, and researchers the opportunity to exchange information, experiences, and research results with a focus on organic livestock systems and their vital role in sustainable production systems
  • Offer European Union CORE ORGANIC livestock research project coordinators a platform to present their preliminary research results
  • Commonly articulate potentials, challenges, development pathways, and needs of organic livestock production for different climatic regions and socio-cultural contexts around the world;
  • Discuss projects with colleagues from around the world and learn from one another’s perspectives and experiences
Expected Outcomes:
  • Papers and posters on experimentation or development projects for organic animal husbandry;
  • Workshop discussion synthesis – to be presented at the main conference;
  • Global network building;
  • Stimulate common learning process between actors working on animal husbandry;
  • Discussion and exchange on specific issues to further the organic livestock industry.
Format:
  • Day One: keynote speeches, thematic sessions, poster sessions, evening farm tour and meal
  • Day Two: thematic sessions, small group workshops, plenary conclusions
Key Info

Dates:
21 - 22 September 2020


Contact
Otto Schmid
Chair of the IFOAM Animal Husbandry Alliance, Mandated by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
otto.schmid@fibl.org


Language:
English - no translation provided


Target Audiences:
Researchers;
Advisors and trainers;
Interested Farmers;
Policymakers

This session aims to connect European actors already working together with animal husbandry experts and researchers from non-European continents, particularly Asia, Africa, and South America.


Organizer:
IFOAM - Animal Husbandry Alliance (IAHA)