Improving Environmental Outcomes for Intensive Animal Industries – Symposium
Agriculture Victoria supporting the future of food
In December 2018, over 140 delegates from around the world gathered at Agriculture Victoria's Centre for AgriBioscience in Bundoora, to attend a symposium exploring the changing nature of intensive animal production systems.
This two-day event, hosted by Agriculture Victoria included international and domestic speakers, covering a range of subjects under the banner of improving environmental outcomes for intensive animal industries.
Speakers delved into a range of areas including:
- the changing nature of animal production systems
- managing atmospheric and water quality impacts
- getting better value from manure and developing effective
- research based policy and regulation.
Each of Victoria's major livestock industries – dairy, beef cattle, poultry, pig, and sheep – play a critical role in providing a livelihood for thousands of Victorian farmers with the animal industries employing around 52,000 people in regional Victoria.
This growing sector is vital to the regional economy and currently contributes around 60 per cent ($7.6 billion) of the total value of agricultural production.
With demand for protein increasing globally, the intersection between science and policy will be critical in defining the best way to sustainably grow Victoria's animal industries.
The symposium provided opportunity to explore the latest thinking in this space and was reflective of Agriculture Victoria's focus to drive economic development in a way that also protects the environment and long-term interests of all Victorians.
The symposium is just one of the ways Agriculture Victoria recognises and supports innovation in the food and fibre industries; a fast-growing sector with huge potential for growth.
Featured videos from the symposium
See all the videos from the 2018 symposium on YouTube.
Improving environmental outcomes for intensive animal industries
Watch this video to learn more about the symposium.
Importance of quantifying nutrient fluxes, nutrient balances and efficiencies
Agronomist and soil scientist Professor Claudia Marques-dos-Santos Cordovil is a Professor at the Biosystems Engineering Department at the School of Agronomy, University of Lisbon where she teaches residue and effluent management, environmental policy, environmental pollution and agronomic valorization of residues from energy production.
She is an independent expert for the European Commission, for the Polish Scientific Foundation, for the Science Foundation from Argentina and for the Portuguese Science Foundation.
In this presentation she gives the Portuguese case for the importance of quantifying nutrient fluxes, nutrient balances and efficiencies.
Dairy Industry Update 2018
Alison Kelly is the Program Development Manager – Land, Water and Climate at Dairy Australia. She has over 15 years experience in national leadership positions within the Australian agricultural research, development and extension sector.
In this presentation she gives an overview of the Australian Dairy Industry based on the recently released Australian Dairy Industry In Focus 2018 report and the National Dairy Farm Survey.