Next Generation Livestock Farming: What drivers for improved health and welfare?

Today Europe’s livestock farmers are faced with a multitude of demands set out in the EU Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies, part of Europe’s ambitious Green Deal.

Livestock farmers, young and old, have long been adopters of advanced tools and practices to improve efficiencies on their farms, while respecting animal health and welfare. They are invested in managing their impact on the environment. The growing use of innovative animal health solutions such as smart collars and electronic ear tags, 3D cameras, sensors and detection tools, are prime examples of progress towards improved animal husbandry, which anticipates animals’ needs, and supports more sustainable farming.

So how will EU policies affect the next generation of Europe’s livestock farmers? What are their needs when it comes to delivering upon further improvements? Is thetraining and support foreseen by the EU adequate to securetheir future in farming?
And what role can innovations for animal health and welfare play for the future of livestock farming?

Our keynote speaker and panelists discussed these issues during our online event organised together with Parliament Magazine.

Programme Outline:

Keynote: Louise O. Fresco – President Executive Board, Wageningen University & Research

What future for Gen Z livestock farmers?

Followed by Q&A

Panel discussion:

Precision technologies and policies: what drivers for improved health and welfare?

MEP Alexander Bernhuber, Environment Committee of the European Parliament & young farmer
Kerli Ats, Young farmer & CEO of the Estonian Farmers’ Federation
Tommy Heffernan, Veterinary consultant and educator
Roxane Feller, AnimalhealthEurope Secretary General

The event was moderated by Jennifer Baker

Read the press release