Animal welfare and longevity

Apr. 20 - 21, 2017 in Riga, Latvia

A conference on animal comfort and best practices to increase lifetime productivity. The field of animal welfare is a cross-disciplinary area of study. Improving animal welfare through increased scientific understanding of animals’ needs and relationship between animal welfare and animal health, as well as the production and economic implications of animal welfare, are discussed during seminar.

The focus of this conferenc is to become familiar with the main welfare problems. Scientists, researchers and others concerned with animal welfare can come together to share knowledge and practice, discuss advances and exchange views.

Target groups:
- Researchers in animal science
- Farmers and farmers’ organizations
- Policy makers and stakeholders
- Extension workers
- All other interested parties

Additional information: Seminar fee includes lunches and refreshments. Hotel room is not included in the seminar fee. It is recommended to stay at Konventa Seta Hotel Riga for seminar price (single room 45 EUR, DBL 50 EUR per night). Rooms can be reserved via e-mail: reservations@konventa.lv. When booking, please mention 'NJF-seminar' for special price discount. If you need help with room reservations please contact the seminar secretary.



Conference topics: Animal welfare and longevity

  • Animal welfare initiatives
  • Animal welfare and the effects on production and longevity
  • Improvement of animal survival and welfare
  • Animal welfare training and education
  • Animal longevity and lifetime productivity
  • Presentations, participation in round table discussions and workshops are welcome.


Keynote speakers

  • Laura Hänninen, Dep of Production Animal Medicine, Univ of Helsiniki, Finland. Topic: "Farm animal sleep - impacts on welfare, health and productivity".
    Her key interests are animal welfare and behaviour, especially sleep and sickness behaviour in farm animals, but also cognition and emotion. Currently involved with several research projects, such as dairy cattle sleep and HRV, pig pain, farmers´and vets´attitudes towards cattle pain, canine cognition and animal welfare inspection.
  • David Richard Arney, Dep of Animal Nutrition, Estonian Univ of Life Sciences, Estonia. Topic: "Animal welfare and food quality".
    His interests are the welfare of farm animals at all stages of production, the welfare of all animals, and the ethics of the keeping animals. Currently involved with several research projects, such as animal welfare-associated risks for dairy cattle in Estonian uninsulated loose housing systems, data and driven dairy decisions for farmers, fertility and health in dairy cattle, DairyCare.

Scientific committee:
Laura Hänninen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Anna Valros, University of Helsinki, Finland
Aivars Berzins, Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment "BIOR", Latvia University of Agriculture, Latvia
Kaspars Kovalenko, Latvia University of Agriculture, Latvia
David Richard Arney, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia
Andres Aland, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia

Organizing committee:
Professor Peteris Rivza, Latvia University of Agriculture
Associate professor Līga Paura, Latvia University of Agriculture
Professor Daina Jonkus, Latvia University of Agriculture
MSc. Lasma Cielava, Latvia University of Agriculture

Practical info

Venue: The conference will be held at Konventa Seta, Kaleju iela 9/11, LV-1050,Riga, Latvia (http://www.hotelkolonna.com/hotels/riga/konventa-seta/en/)

Call for papers and posters: Submission of abstracts with a maximum length of two pages is requested for both oral and poster presentations.

The Abstracts should be prepared in the English in MS Word on A4 format pages with 25 mm margins using Unicode Times New Roman with 12 pt font size.

The advisable structure of the Abstract: title, the authors, organization, e-mail address, main text, conclusions, references.
Please, send abstract to the secretary of the seminar by email (lasma.cielava@llu.lv) not later than 12 February 2017.

The official language of the seminar is English.
A scientific committee will review submissions and notify authors of acceptance till 16th of February.
Accepted abstracts (max 2 pages) will be published as seminar proceedings.

Seminar contact:
Lasma Cielava Latvia University of Agriculture
E-mail: lasma.cielava@llu.lv




Important dates

Important deadlines:
Submission of abstracts for oral or poster presentations: 12.02.2017.

Notification of acceptance for oral and poster presentations: 16.02.2017.

Early registration: before 01.03.2017
Late registration: after 01.03.2017