The 2nd International Meeting of the EU funded H2020 network project BovINE is hosted by Estonian partner Liivimaa Lihaveis. The meeting brings together beef farmers, advisors, veterinarians, producers, suppliers, researchers, and policy players to share knowledge and exchange ideas to establish the sustainability of the European beef sector.
“On behalf of Liivimaa, Estonia is delighted to host this BovINE meeting at such a critical point in the sector’s history,” says Estonian Network Manager, Airi Külvet. “BovINE’s network across 10 countries enables access to existing and developing knowledge to improve not only animal health and welfare, but also environmental sustainability and socioeconomic resilience of the beef farming community including production efficiency. In addition, knowledge shared on consumer needs and expectations of meat quality for example will help us plan for the future.”
BovINE’s Irish Network Manager Kevin Kinsella said, “Everybody is welcome. All beef farmers and stakeholders are invited to register and attend online the very interesting sessions organised by our Estonian partners”.
Estonia’s Minister for Rural Affairs, Mr. Urmas Kruuse, will open the meeting with a keynote speech on Estonia’s perspective on sustainability and beef, followed by a series of sessions presented by BovINE’s Network Managers and Thematic Working Group leaders.
“Many solutions to the challenges facing the beef sector already exist,” says BovINE project co-ordinator, Prof Maeve Henchion of Teagasc. “Some are solutions farmers have come up with themselves and are already implementing on-farm, others have been developed by researchers and are ready to move from research into practice. BovINE has collected solutions to specific topics across all dimensions of sustainability from these sources in 2021. We look forward to discussing them with farmers, advisors, researchers and all representatives of the beef value chain at our forthcoming meeting.”
Outcomes from demonstrations and discussions held over the past year with and between farmers will highlight Good Practices already in use and Research Innovations identified across the project’s four thematic areas: Environmental Sustainability, Socioeconomic Resilience, Animal Health & Welfare, and Production Efficiency and Meat Quality.
To enable productive knowledge exchange, simultaneous live translation into eight European languages will be available to all participants via the online meeting platform. The languages available are English, Estonian, French, German, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian.
For more information, including the agenda for the online meeting, and to register, please see the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bovines-2nd-transnational-meeting-online-tickets-202935213687