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Newton Farm joins Agri-EPI farm network

Newton Farm in Brecon, Wales has joined the Agri-EPI Centre Satellite Farms network.

Owners Richard & Helen Roderick, along with their son Tudor, farm 850 acres including 200 acres they’ve recently rented and plan to farm regeneratively. The Roderick’s manage a diverse business, including an impressive outwintered herd of stabiliser cattle, a flock of 800 ewes, and an arable enterprise. The Roderick’s are passionate about a number of farming topics, including carbon sequestration, grassland management, and animal health.

Newton Farm has been a Farming Connect demonstration farm for several years, giving Agri-EPI a unique opportunity to work with the Welsh government and farmers across Wales to encourage innovation and share best practices further afield.

Richard and Helen’s vision is for Newton Farm to be a profitable mixed farm, which maximises the use of its own resources, while increasing biodiversity and conserving the wildlife and historical features of the farm. To achieve this, their strategy is to focus on sustainability, genetics, and maximizing the use of forage and root crops.

Their latest venture is to be the first Welsh farm to join our Agri-EPI Centre farms network to trial technology to improve farm efficiency, and we are thrilled to have them!

“We are delighted to welcome Newton Farm into our farm network and are looking forward to working with the Rodericks to pursue exciting new projects in the beef and sheep sectors” – Emily Laskin, Farms Technical Coordinator at Agri-EPI Centre

New tech to transform global agriculture – 2021 Excellence Awards winners announced

New technology is set to transform global agriculture, and two agtech companies recognised for their importance in animal health and environmental protection are making rapid progress.

The first – awarded for its contribution to British agriculture – focuses on animal health. Pruex is using non-infective bacteria to improve air quality in poultry units, reducing ammonia emissions and the requirement for antibiotics..

ALVÁTECH Water – awarded for its global impact – has developed a clean, sustainable way to desalinise soil, enabling farmers to irrigate with saline water, reduce water use and even restore salinized soil to healthy, productive farmland.

Both companies were recognised at Agri-EPI’s inaugural Agri-Tech Excellence Awards in October 2021, and are now reaping the rewards of their success by extending their commercial reach around the globe.

“Last year we grew very fast, and we’re now planning a large funding round to further expand worldwide,” explains Zac Gazit, CEO at ALVÁTECH. “We started working with Agri-EPI in December 2020 as we realised they could help with several key things. They know the industry and trends in technology, and we were looking to work with farmers and governments.”

One of the biggest benefits of winning this important award – aside from the global prestige – is an introduction to the formidable judging panel, comprising Syngenta, Kubota, Leyton, Barclays and Marks & Spencer.

“M&S is buying fresh produce from farmers using our devices, and we’re having good, constructive conversations with the whole panel; there are synergies in our ethos and business and we hope to be able to work with all of them.”

ALVÁTECH is now working in 24 countries across six continents, both with government and non-governmental organisations as well as directly with 1000s of farmers.

“Our technology dissociates salt into its components which enables farmers to immediately use less water and fertilisers,” says Mr Gazit. “It is a life-changer for entire regions and millions of farmers in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.”

Farmers are using 20-60 less water, 30% less fertiliser, and are reducing soil salinity by 30% on average. As a result, yields are boosted over 20% – although the more degraded the soil the greater the scale of improvement farmers see.

“Our farmers are reducing costs while improving the soil for the next generation. This is an important green legacy for our planet.”

Pruex is in a similar position; it’s working with 1000s of farmers across the UK, Europe and South Africa, and looks forward to having discussions with M&S following the award.

Using beneficial bacteria to compete with disease-causing strains is a relatively new concept, but Pruex’s game-changing idea is an automated spraying system to apply the bacteria throughout the sheds. This not only benefits the chickens themselves, but also reduces ammonia emissions. This improves air quality for workers and birds, boosting productivity and the birds’ immune systems, and many farms are able to reduce their use of antibiotics; reducing the risk of antibiotic resistance.

“It’s proving very popular,” says Sarah Dusgate, research and development manager at Pruex. “We’ve been working with poultry farmers from the start of the business, but we have developed a new technology that will help to deploy our bacteria products more effectively and easily.”

· For more information visit https://agri-epicentre.com, www.alva-water.com or www.pruex.co.uk.

Agri-EPI and partners lead BSAS conference session

Agri-EPI Centre and partners will be leading a session at the BSAS conference on 13 April, exploring the intersection of technology, animal health and sustainable food production.  

The BSAS Conference, titled ‘The Challenge of Change – the New Normal?’ (12-15 April), will bring together numerous sectors connected to animal science to discuss the challenges involved in sustainable production in the post-Covid and Brexit era.  

Agri-EPI will present perspectives on the role of new technologies in sustainable agri-food systems. There will be a chance to hear from Agri-EPI’s Head of Dairy, Duncan Forbes, about the latest innovations being trialled at the South West Dairy Development Centre and from Innovent’s David Barclay, SRUC’s Rick D’Eath, and Agri-EPI’s Naomi Smitten, about ‘TailTech’ – a project utilising 3D imaging to predict tail biting in pigs.  

 Dr Tim Potter of VetPartners and George Brownlee of Farmvet Systems will enter into a ‘talking heads’ style discussion, shining a light on what it’s like being a farm-vet on the ground during Covid, and how technology can help vets continue to deliver the best possible service to clients and livestock.   

Kasi McReddie, Agri-EPI’s Business Development Manager for Livestock and Dairy and session lead said: 

“Agri-EPI are thrilled to be included in the first BSAS Virtual Conference. There are so many promising technologies being trialled across the Agri-EPI Centre Farm Network, that have the potential to improve animal health and contribute to the sustainability of British farming. We’re delighted that so many of our respected colleagues have contributed to this session.”  

Agri-EPI members can access a discounted conference delegate rate – details can be found at the BSAS website. You can also find out more about the BSAS Conference 2021 on our dedicated events page.

Lead sponsor for Scottish animal health, agritech & agriculture event announced

The A3 Scotland conference, the country’s first dedicated global event dedicated to the animal health, agri-tech and aquaculture (AAA) sectors, is delighted to welcome the world’s largest animal health company Zoetis on board as its Platinum Sponsor.

“The organising committee for A3 Scotland 2022 is thrilled to have Zoetis as our Platinum Sponsor. As a global leader in animal health, aquaculture and agri-tech, Zoetis is the perfect partner and we look forward to working closely to ensure A3 Scotland 2022 is a success,” said  Lawrence Brown, Veterinary Surgeon and Consultant and Innovation Manager for Health at Edinburgh Innovations, co-founder of the event alongside John Mackenzie, CEO of the Roslin Innovation Centre.

“”Zoetis’ shared enthusiasm for driving innovation, investment and collaboration across AAA has been hugely encouraging and their commitment to A3 Scotland 2022 demonstrates the important role that Scotland will play in the future of sustainable food security and animal health.”

A unique AAA-sector event

The inaugural non-profit event is being organised by the Roslin Innovation Centre, part of the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with the Life Sciences Scotland AAA Industry Leadership Group. The Group represents numerous organisations across Scotland, including: Scotland’s Rural College, James Hutton Institute, Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre, Scottish Association for Marine Science and UK Agri-Tech Centres CIEL and Agri-EPI Centre.

While the event was initially planned for September 2020, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic until April 2022. The conference’s theme is ‘transition to net zero’, bringing the latest research and development from across the AAA industries to investors and policymakers from around the world to discuss strategic partnerships and sustainability.

About Zoetis

Zoetis is a global animal health company with over 65 years’ experience delivering quality medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products to businesses from veterinarians to livestock farmers. With biodevices, genetics tests and precision livestock farming complementing their offering, Zoetis’ dedication to supporting the care of animals made them an ideal partner for the animal health, agri-tech and aquaculture conference.

As a world leader in cutting-edge animal health technology, drawing on both on-the-ground experience of their technical and veterinary specialists, Zoetis is committed to the development of agri-business and the sustainability and longevity of agriculture

Sarah Heming Zoetis Public Affairs Director for Northern Europe said: “We are delighted to be supporting such an important event in Scotland and we are most definitely looking forward to having the chance to be there in person with many other great minds tackling the challenge of transitioning to net zero. Join us in Edinburgh for some productive discussions.”

To join the conference and find out more about the event, visit our events page.

A3 Scotland 2022: Save the date

As sponsor and event partner, Agri-EPI announces the inaugural A3 Scotland for this year to be postponed to 26-27 April in 2022.

Transition to Net Zero

The conference, themed ‘Transition to Net Zero, focuses on encouraging innovation, investment and collaboration in animal health and sustainable food production and brings together industry, investors and policymakers from around the world to discuss strategic partnerships and discover the latest R&D. 

Initially the event was scheduled to take place on 21 and 22 April this year. However, with the ongoing uncertainty around international travelling, face-to-face networking and site tours, the organising committee has made the decision to postpone the event to a safer and more opportune time. The conference will be held next year on 26-27 April 2022. 

The rescheduled event will offer the same exciting programme based around the theme of ‘Transition to Net Zero’, with an exciting and engaging line-up of committed thought leaders from across industry, science and policy. If you are interested in being involved as a speaker, sponsor or delegate, do not hesitate to get in touch and be sure to follow on social media for the latest updates.

A3 | Animal health, agri-tech and aquaculture

‘A3’ refers to animal health, agri-tech and aquaculture and no coincidence for this event to be held in Scotland. With the largest cluster of animal bioscience/aquaculture researchers in Europe, Scotland is already a global player in the ‘A3’ sector. The Roslin area in particular, are internationally recognised as having strengths in A3, both in the research and commercial environments. 

The conference programme offers two core days 26-27 April of expert speakers from across the sectors, panel discussions and networking opportunities. Wrapped around this are optional pre-and post-conference tours showcasing some of Scotland’s world class A3 facilities and expertise. The A3 conference is taking place on the doorstep of our Northern Agri-Tech Innovation Hub in Edinburgh.

A3 Event partners

A3 Sponsors

The not-for-profit event is being organised by the Roslin Innovation Centre, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh, the University’s Roslin InstituteMidlothian Science Zone, the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise. Agri-EPI and its fellow UK agri-tech innovation centre CIEL are amongst the event’s sponsors and are providing input to the programme.

Other partners involved are: Visit Scotland, Highlands and islands Enterprise (HIE), Data Driven Innovation (DDI), Global Academy of Agriculture and food security (University of Edinburgh); Scottish Africa Business Association (SABA), European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) food, Moredun Research Institute, SRUC, SEFARI and most recent signed up partner Zoetis.

Agri-EPI is proud partner and encourages her industry, academic and governmental network to keep an eye out on event promotion closer to date and be sure not to miss this first ever A3 event!

Interested?

For more information and to register for A3 Scotland 2022, the inaugural conference for the Animal Health, Agritech and Aquaculture (AAA) sectors, please visit: bit.ly/A3Scotland2022.

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New animal health report highlights lessons learned Covid-19 pandemic

Lessons learned from Covid-19 pandemic highlighted in new animal health report

The animal health industry needs to be better prepared for disruptions like Covid-19 and have resiliency plans in place to handle supply and demand.

This is the ‘lessons learned’ message from Agri-EPI’s Chief Executive Dave Ross in a new report exploring the impact of Covid-19 on the global animal health industry.

Report Animal Health Industry Response COVID19 - Kisaco ResearchThe production of Animal Health Industry Response to COVID-19 and the Rise of Telemedicine was co-ordinated by Kisaco Research. It seeks to assess the full impact of the outbreak across the sector, and provide insight in the form of industry surveys, data collection, discussions, and interviews with market leaders and emerging companies.

Dave was one of 55 contributing experts from around the world. He comments in the report on labour shortages and the skills gap from COVID and Brexit, the issue of food protectionism and overall lessons learned from the advent of the pandemic.

On the latter point, Dave says that the pandemic has exposed the fragility of the food supply chain when a disruptor comes into the market and highlighted the lack of preparations companies and suppliers had to pivot to other markets.

He cites in the report the example of the UK dairy sector, where 35 million litres of milk were being produced a day, pre-Covid. A significant proportion of the approximately 10 million litres destined for the service sector ended up being wasted when demand stopped abruptly due to lockdown. This led to a subsequent price collapse, with the current system ‘not being able to turn off the tap’ on supply.

Dave also highlights how the crisis has brought a renewed focus on the need to reduce food waste, with 9.5 million tons of food being lost each year in the UK.

The report coincides with Animal Health Investment USA, a large scale event on 12 and 13 October connecting businesses and investors around opportunities in the animal health industry. Dave sits on the event’s Global Advisory Board.

To get hold of the report, please get in touch with Kisaco Research.

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Agri-EPI Monthly Networking with Zoetis

We welcome our members to join us 4 March during our Monthly Networking webinar about Animal Health with Zoetis: the world’s largest producer of medicine and vaccinations for pets and livestock.

BOOSTING COLLABORATION, ENABLING AGRI-TECH INNOVATION

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Online Community, meet other members
To enable collaboration, Agri-EPI is holding online virtual networking sessions each month for members.* These gatherings bring together the agri-tech and agri community to give time to discuss important topics. The theme for this months’ session is animal health with Zoetis as the flagship company to lead the discussion. The session is open for all members to participate, 5 members are invited to provide a 3-minute pitch on their company. Pitch spaces will be on a first come, first serve basis. You must register and let us know that you are pitching. No pitches will be allowed in the session which have not been pre-agreed.

Discussion topics

  • Access to data (about production and disease) and data handling
  • Data generation
  • Novel approaches to monitoring disease
  • Measuring disease parameters on farm
  • Genomics (data generation)
  • Novel vaccine technologies
  • diagnostics and prevention
  • prediction and disease
  • Livestock decision making tools

*Agri-EPI members free of charge | Non-members £25 (incl. VAT). If you would like to know more about membership, please contact our team via team@agri-epicentre.com or fill out our contact form down below this page.

Animal Health Innovation Europe 2021

Shaping the Future of Animal Health

Agri-EPI Centre is delighted to be work together with the Animal Health Innovation Europe team on the delivery of the sixth annual Animal Health Innovation Europe, taking place online on 22-23 February. Showcasing the most exciting innovations in animal health and nutrition, connecting those businesses with financial investors and strategic corporate partners, making it the sector’s premier investment forum in Europe.

If you haven’t seen the agenda yet, you can download it here.

Join the event to hear investment pitches, network with C-Suite Executives and learn from CEO-level panel discussions that address the trends and market dynamics of the animal health industry, across all species. This year’s virtual format gives us a unique opportunity with our programming to involve a wider array of stakeholders and key participants in the value chain so we can address the full scope of how animal health impacts pet owners, veterinarians and farmers today.

This year’s speakers

This year’s leading speakers include; Jeff Simmons, CEO, Elanco, Rob Kelly, Executive Vice President International Operations, Zoetis, Jean Scheftsik de Szolnok, Member of the Board of Managing Directors, Boehringer Ingelheim, Sébastien Huron, Chairman of the Executive Board, Virbac Santé Animale and more.

Agri-EPI CEO Dave Ross sits in the advisory board of the conference:

“I’m delighted to be speaking at the sixth annual Animal Health Innovation Europe! This year’s virtual format is an exciting opportunity to connect with colleagues from around the world through roundtables, interactive panels, workshops, networking roulette and more. This isn’t your standard online event. This is virtual networking reimagined.

Book now and join us at this event and get 10% discount with the code SPK10

Agri-EPI CEO Dave Ross speaker and in advisory board | Animal Health Innovation Europe 2021

Animal Health Innovation event calendar 2021

In 2021, Animal Health Innovation will appear in other parts of the globe. Specifically, Europe, the USA, Latin America, and Asia:

  • Animal Health Innovation USA: 15 – 16 June 2021 (virtual)
  • Animal Health Innovation Latin America: 18 – 19 August 2021 (virtual)
  • Animal Health Innovation Asia: 19 – 20 October 2021 (Shanghai hybrid)

For 2021, the events will be focusing on; sustainability and efficiency in the protein supply chain, the accelerations of digital veterinary delivery solutions due to Covid-19 and diversity in the animal health industry.

Other events you won’t want to miss:

  • Animal Microbiome & Nutritional Health Congress: 24 -25 March 2021 (virtual)
  • Digital Veterinary Summit: 13 – 14 July 2021 (virtual)
  • Sustainable Protein Production: 7 – 8 September 2021 (Belfast hybrid)

Animal Health Investment USA 2020

Agri-EPI’s CEO Dave Ross will be joining Animal Health Investment USA as a guest. Whilst this event is held virtually due to COVID19, attendees will have the opportunity to book one-on-one meetings with our CEO, who will also be engaging in the animal health leadership and partnering forums during this two-day event.

This year, as Dave Ross sits in the Global Advisory Board, Agri-EPI collaborates with Kisaco Research on a number of events. An event very recently was the launch event Sustainable Protein Production Summit on 8-10 September which showcased innovation in categories including raw materials, feed, health & nutrition, genetics and technology to enhance productivity and help the industry meet its net-zero carbon goals.

Animal Health Investment USA

Animal Health Investment USA is the premier investment forum showcasing the most exciting partner opportunities in animal health and connecting those businesses together with financial investors and strategic corporate partners.

The focus on this year’s networking and discussion activity, will be maximizing the therapeutic and commercial potential of human technologies and serving unmet medical needs in veterinary health. Additionally, the event continues to be focused on driving investor engagement and showcasing the industry’s most exciting emerging companies.

There are keynote presentations and C-level panel discussions that address the trends and market dynamics of the animal health industry, across all species. A key element of the investment forum is our virtual, private meeting scheduler, available to all participants. That this year includes the opportunity to speak with Agri-EPI CEO Dave Ross.

Agenda Animal Investment USA 2020

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A3 Scotland Conference 2022

A3 Scotland Conference 2022 – Animal health, agri-tech and aquaculture

Taking place in Edinburgh, Scotland from 26 and 27 April 2022 (dependant on the easing of lockdown restrictions), the A3 Scotland Conference 2022 event‘s theme is “transition to net zero”.

With innovation, investment and collaboration in animal health, agri-tech and aquaculture a focal point, delegates from industry, investors and policymakers, all looking to discuss strategic partnerships and discover the latest R&D, will be brought together.

Delegates will hear from guest speakers – including Agri-EPI’s CEO, Dave Ross – from across the sectors, who will share their expert advice and will have multiple opportunities to network with others who work in, are involved with or are interested in these key areas.  Additionally, there will be optional pre-and post-conference tours showcasing some of Scotland’s world class A3 facilities and expertise. 

 

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