Equine experts galloping towards Belfast

Equine conference heads for Belfast
Equine conference heads for Belfast

This summer international experts in the world of equine science will be descending on Northern Ireland as part of Europe’s Largest Animal Science Conference - European Federation of Animal Production conference (EAAP2016).

The conference will take place in the Waterfront Hall and Conference centre from 29 August to 2 September.

Science in commercial practice will be a key aspect of the conference with over 70 conference sessions and opportunities to participate in technical tours to discuss how research and development is delivered and adopted at a commercial level.

One of the highlights of the conference will be the equine tour. This will include a visit to the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) Enniskillen Campus to view and discuss how education and training is delivered in the areas of equine health, reproduction and performance.

The tour will then move to Stragrane House in Co Tyrone, the base of racehorse trainer Andy Oliver. This multiple group winning trainer and qualified vet trains both Flat and National Hunt horses. Delegates will undertake a tour of the yard and facilities and hear about training methods and management practices used to develop race winning horses.

The final stop will be at Tullyraine House Stud and Equine Clinic in Co Down.

Delegates will tour the stud and meet St Leger and Breeders Cup winning stallion Conduit.

The equine clinic is the main equine referral practice in Northern Ireland and managed by Hugh Suffern, vet for the Irish Team and multiple bloodstock sales.

Delegates will go on a tour of the clinic facilities and hear about the services offered and areas of most demand.

With a blend of cutting edge science, new innovations and demonstration of how science is translated and adopted into commercial practice the EAAP2016 conference is a must attend event for those involved in the science of agriculture, food and equine industries.

To register, or to find more information visit the EAAP website at www.eaap2016.org.