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Minister Coughlan welcomes the 58th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Animal Production

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., welcomed the 58th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Animal Production (EAAP) which will be held in University College Dublin from the 26th to 29th of August, 2007.

The EAAP is an international federation of national member organisations from Europe and the Mediterranean area and the Department of Agriculture and Food is the Irish member organisation. The Association organises meetings annually which rotate between member countries. This 58th Meeting is being organised by a local organising committee made up of representatives from the Department, Teagasc, University College Dublin and representative agriculture industry bodies. Ireland previously hosted the meetings in 1968 and in 1989.

The Minister stated: "Livestock production for meat and milk is the central plank of Ireland's agri-food sector and the contribution it makes to our economy is enormous. Irish agriculture in general has been well served by the EAAP whose goals include the promotion of the generation of knowledge in animal science and production and the dissemination of this knowledge." The Minister added "The EAAP has taken particular regard to improving the technical and economic conditions of the livestock sector, the promotion of the welfare of farm animals, the conservation of the rural environment and the optimisation of the use of natural resources particularly animal genetic resources.

"The EAAP Annual Meeting is an important date on the calendars of agricultural scientists, industry leaders and policy makers throughout the EU and further afield and my Department is happy to provide support to help ensure a successful meeting is had by all attending."

In the region of 1,000 delegates are expected to attend the meeting and associated workshops where the latest scientific research in the field of animal production will be presented. Delegates will be taken on technical tours relating to cattle, sheep and horse breeding and production in Ireland.

In conclusion, the Minister thanked all the organisations and sponsors for their help and contributions towards the running of this large scientific meeting and acknowledged that this support shows their commitment to the future of our industry. The Minister wished the EAAP and the Local Organising Committee a successful meeting.

Details of the 58th Annual Meeting of the EAAP can be found on www.eaap2007.ie

21 August, 2007

Date Released: 21 August 2007