Pre-Conference | 6 - 7 September 2021

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

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On September 21 and 22, 2020, IAHA organized a video conference on Organic Animal Husbandry Systems.

There were 15 paper contributions and five posters presented on different aspects of organic animal husbandry.

All contribution texts can be found in the IAHA proceedings “Organic Animal Husbandry systems – challenges, performance and potentials”. September 2020.

Download the proceedings here.

Download the press release here.

A summary and the minutes of the discussions will be available in mid-October.


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:
6 - 7 September 2021


Registration Fee: €150


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)