NJF SEMINAR 500

Nordic workshop on competitive and sustainable animal production

Sep. 27 - 28, 2017 in Seinäjoki, Finland

“Fostering the economics and viability of the livestock sector” 

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Background

Livestock sector in the Northern Europe is facing strong challenges to maintain its economic, environmental and ethical sustainability. Climate change, sustainability challenges and globalization of the food supply are examples of factors which can impact the livestock sector worldwide. There is a need to address adaptation options and economic dimensions of these issues.

Consumers, policy-makers and stakeholders are increasingly interested in ethical and quality aspects of food. Concerns related to animal welfare, food safety, ecological and environmental burden of livestock and rising antimicrobial resistance have gained attention among stakeholders. One approach to these challenges is to select production and marketing strategies such as direct sales from farms, local food or the use of labelling based on high-quality standards which account for environmental and ethical concerns. However, consumers are a heterogeneous group and different attention is given to these topics across the Nordic countries.

From the business perspective, competition is intense and there is much pressure to reduce production costs. These pressures are increased by policies affecting international trade and the competitive advantage of countries with for instance lower environmental or animal welfare standards. Reduced profitability, narrowing wedge between input prices and producer prices of livestock products, and emerging sustainability challenges have put livestock sector in a vulnerable financial position. This all highlights the need for developing novel approaches to enhance productivity and to meet consumers’ and society’s expectations.

Studies evaluating economic impacts of improved production and supply chain management, improved risk management in a volatile market, animal health care systems, advances in animal breeding and emerging technologies such as automatic milking systems or automated monitoring of animals in the future production systems are needed to guide decisions. Cost-effectiveness stresses the need to consider future options for the structure of the sector. From the policy perspective, information is needed on the role of information, economic incentives and policies in guiding transformation to sustainability.  Knowledge is needed on which factors are the driving forces behind each development and how to best handle future challenges.

 

Call for papers and posters

The organizing committee invites proposals for oral presentations and posters. Submissions addressing economic, environmental or ethical sustainability of livestock production (from farm to fork) are expected. Papers from all disciplines are welcomed. Contributions in these themes are particularly welcomed:

  • Influences of improved management and novel technologies on economic competitiveness of livestock enterprises
  • Consumer perspectives and willingness to pay for environmentally or ethically more sustainable products
  • Analysis of policies related to economic, environmental or ethical sustainability of livestock sector

 

Abstract submission

Please submit a one-page abstract highlighting the research question, materials and methods, the main result and a conclusion of your contribution via an on-line form

The deadline for submissions is the 9th of August 2017. Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their paper within three weeks after the submission, and at the latest by the 14th of August 2017.

There will be a best paper and poster competition. Accepted abstracts will be compiled in a proceedings book that will be available on-line by the time of workshop.

There is a possibility to submit the full paper to be considered for publication by Agricultural and Food Science.

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Prof. Jonathan Rushton, Professor of Animal Health and Food Systems Economics,  University of Liverpool, UK: “Livestock food systems – how values influence the sustainable balance?” 
  • Prof. Lynn Frewer, Professor of Food & Society, Newcastle University, UK: “Consumer attitudes to animal welfare in intensive production systems” 
  • Prof. Pekka Huhtanen, Professor of Animal Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden: “Possibilities to improve the sustainability of dairy production” 

Program

Preliminary schedule

Wednesday 27 September

Arrival, registration and coffee

Welcome address

Keynote talk

Session

Lunch

Keynote talk

Session

Coffee break and poster session

Sessions

Dinner

 

Thursday 28 September

Session

Keynote

Break

Session

Closing the workshop

Lunch

NordicNEAH meeting (separate registration, free of charge but subject to availability)

Practical info

Target group

The target group of the workshop includes researchers, students of agricultural and applied economics and animal science, government employees, advisors and industry representatives working in the field of animal production. 

Venue

The workshop will be held at meeting and congress center Frami in Seinäjoki, Finland. The town is known for its strong food industry and for Lakeuden Risti church and other buildings designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Further information.

How to get there?

Seinäjoki can be reached by air via

  • Vaasa international airport (VAA) is located one-hour drive from Seinäjoki. A shuttle service will be available from/to Vaasa airport (a fee applies, requires advance booking upon registration to the workshop).
  • Helsinki international airport (HEL) from where a train connection to Seinäjoki is available approximately once every hour (journey duration 2.5 to 3 hours).  

Domestic connections:

Participation fee

Registration to the workshop will be opened in July. The participation fee includes lunches, conference dinner, refreshments or coffee during the breaks and the workshop material.

  • NJF members before 30 August 2017: 270 €
  • NJF members after 30 August 2017:320 €
  • Others before 30 August 2017: 320 €
  • Others after 30 August 2017: 400 €
  • Students before 30 August 2017: 270 €
  • Students after 30 August 2017: 320 €

Non-members can join the association before registration at the NJF website.

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the workshop fee. The participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation as well as paying the price for room to the hotel.

Rooms have been pre-booked at the hotels to ensure availability at a workshop price. Upon booking, please use reference “NJF workshop”. List of hotels will appear on this page upon opening the registration.  

Organizing committee

Jarkko Niemi, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Finland

Pekka Uimari, University of Helsinki, Finland

Baiba Rivza, Latvia University of Agriculture, Latvia

Rando Värnik, Estonian University of Life Science, Estonia

Helena Hansson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Jørgen Dejgård Jensen, University of Compenhagen, Denmark

Additional information

For further information, please contact:

Jarkko Niemi, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

Phone: +358 40 358 0487

E-mail: jarkko.niemi@luke.fi

Important dates

Important deadlines

  • Submission of abstracts: 9 august 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: by 14 august 2017
  • Early registration deadline: 30 August 2017
  • Final registration: 14 September 2017
  • Workshop: 27-28 September 2017

Participation fee

  • NJF members before 30 August 2017: 270 €
  • NJF members after 30 August 2017:320 €
  • Others before 30 August 2017: 320 €
  • Others after 30 August 2017: 400 €
  • Students before 30 August 2017: 270 €
  • Students after 30 August 2017: 320 €

Non-members can join the association before registration at the NJF website.

The participation fee includes lunches, conference dinner, refreshments or coffee during the breaks and the workshop material.