Registrations open for NZSAP conference

Cameron Craigie, AgResearch.

There will be plenty of scientific interest for red meat people later this month at the 2017 New Zealand Society of Animal Production (NZSAP) conference  in Rotorua.

Conference organiser Cameron Craigie, AgResearch science impact leader meat products and supply, and his team have put together an interesting and broad programme of interest to a wide range of people, including academics, farmers and meat industry personnel. Nestled among the 57 conference papers on items of interest to dairy, red meat and goat sectors are sessions on sheep nutrition, dairy systems, animal nutrition, animal health, animal genetics, animal behaviour and welfare, and fertility.

One session on Friday 30 June is dedicated to Meat Quality (7b). Delegates will be able to learn more about the effect of slaughter age between five to 14 month of age on the quality of sheepmeat (Mashele GA et al) , hear more detail of Craigie’s own research into intramuscular lamb fat, witness two presentations from Australian speakers on Raman spectroscopy and beef meat and eating quality traits (and also the development of value-added lamb cuts for the modern consumer (both Fowler SM et al) and the high ultimate pH in male lambs processed during the breeding season.

This session will run concurrently with one on goat production (7a) where delegates can get an impression of the current state of the goat industry and its potential.

Earlier that day, chief scientist at Massey University’s AL Rae Centre Professor Dorian Garrick , a genetics expert, will give the invited keynote presentation ‘Genetic Improvement’, in a lecture supported by DairyNZ. The following session Animal Genetics (6a) includes a paper on valuing improved deer genetics (Ward JF, Thompson BR) and a brief study on the treatment and attitudes to rams on commercial New Zealand farms (Lee, M and Robertson, D).

The effect of mid-pregnancy lactation and body condition score on the behaviour of triplet bearing ewes and their lambs and the welfare of bobby calves sent for slaughter are two of the papers of interest within the Animal Behaviour & Welfare session (6b) on the same day.

Overseas perspectives will be heard on Thursday 29 from South African Professor Voster Muchenje, a researcher at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa, who will talk about the role innovation can play in enhancing sustainability in the livestock sector. Professor Peter Purslow, director of the Meat Science Research Group at Argentina’s National University of Central Buenos Aires will follow to discuss trends in the Argentinian beef industry and local consumer perception.

The living legend lecture will be given by research scientist Garry Waghorn.

Delegates will also travel to Landcorp Endeavour Farms and the Beuth family farm in the Rotorua area on the field day on 29 June (Thursday).
There will also be time for networking at the various events held around the conference, including the annual NZSAP dinner to be held at the Skyline Rotorua on Thursday evening. The popular quiz night will be held after the AGM on Wednesday evening – get your team together! The evening includes a meal (cash bar). All functions are included in the full registration fees.
The NZSAP conference is sponsored by DairyNZ, Rezare Systems and Hill Laboratories.

The 2017 New Zealand Society of Animal Production conference takes place in Rotorua from 28 to 30 June 2017. There’s still time to register. For more information and registration, click here.

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