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AFCP hosted a webinar on the 15th April. Claire Price shared the results from her recent PhD project investigating the potential of biopesticides to control the cabbage stem flea beetle (psylliodes chrysocephala).

Claire's research was jointly funded by AHDB, Certis Belchim and AFCP member charities: Chadacre Agricultural Trust, Clan Trust, Felix Thornley Cobbold Agricultural Trust, The Morley Agricultural Foundation and Perry Foundation.

Programme of the webinar can be found here

Claire Prices Powerpoint can be found here.

Siobhan Hilman's Powerpoint can be found here.

AFCP is delighted to welcome Prof. Stuart Reid, who joined the AFCP Board at the AFCP AGM on 1st November.


Professor Stuart Reid is President & Principal of the Royal Veterinary College, the oldest and largest veterinary school in the English-speaking world. He is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a specialist in veterinary epidemiology and in veterinary public health by the European Board of Veterinary Specialists.


Stuart is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  His research interests are focused on zoonotic disease and antimicrobial resistance in a One Health context. He has over 160 scientific publications, including in PNAS and Science, and he has secured over £16M in competitive funding during his career.


In his public service, in addition to other and current roles, he served on the UK Food Standards Agency Board 2017-2020.  He was made a Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2018 for services to the veterinary profession and higher education and in 2019 he was elected as an international member of the National Academy of Medicine in the USA.


Prof. Graham Jellis, AFCP Chairman said “We are pleased to welcome Prof. Stuart Reid as a director. He brings a wealth of experience within the veterinary sciences alongside previous roles with in the charity sector. We look forward to working together.”

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Photo credit: Veterinary Record Mark Thomas

A successful conference brought together more than 50 attendees to discuss the latest challenges which are facing animal science.

The Joint AgriFood Charities Partnership Conference was held in the Harper Adams Food Academy earlier this summer, and drew researchers, students, academics, farmers, charity representatives and more for a full day of discussion and networking.

Among the organisers were Harper Adams Honorary Professor in Agricultural Economics Bob Bansback and ABP Chair of Sustainable Beef and Sheep Production Professor Jude Capper.

Bob said: “It was really encouraging to have over 50 conference attendees at this highly successful event.
“There was participation from AFCP member charities, animal scientists and researchers from Harper and other universities, post-graduate students in animal science as well as farmers - the excellent presentations and the variety of participants really enhanced the whole day. There was a particular buzz of conversation during the lunchtime poster session.”

Alongside academics from other universities, Harper Adams was well represented during the day, with research and presentations from Professor Michael LeeProfessor Liam SinclairProfessor Karl BehrendtProfessor Bob BansbackDr Lynn McIntyre and the Director of the School of Sustainable Food and Farming, Simon Thelwell.

Professor Capper emphasised the importance of the conference in encouraging the next generation of animal scientists.

She said: “It was a real pleasure to be part of the organising committee for the Joint Agrifood Charities Partnership Conference on the challenges facing animal science. We had a great day, delegates ranging from farmers to academics, students to industry professionals.

“The number of topics covered were equally diverse, from sharp focuses on sheep foot health and modelling environmental and economic sustainability of beef finishing systems; through to the global challenge of choosing the correct metrics to quantify the sustainability of ruminant systems. 

“Of particular note were the excellent posters presented by Harper Adams MRes, PhD and post-doctoral researchers.

“The conference provided these early-career researchers with a great opportunity to talk one-on-one and explain their research to interested delegates.

“It was lovely to see how much interest these posters generated and the very high quality of these short poster presentations."

The conference was kindly supported by sponsors Alltech and MSD Animal Health.

AFCP Chairman, Professor Graham Jellis, added: “AFCP is very grateful to HAU for hosting this meeting and providing some of the excellent speakers and posters, and to our sponsors for their support. It was also a pleasure to hear presentations and read posters from current and past students supported by AFCP charities.”

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AFCP/HAU Conference

Animal Science - Addressing Current Challenges

Friday 14th July at Harper Adams University



10.00     Arrival, registration and refreshments

10.45     Introduction Prof. Bob Bansback (HAU & AFCP)

10.50     Welcome Prof. Graham Jellis (Chair of AFCP)

11.00     Animal Science and the new Harper Adams/Keele Veterinaray School Prof. Michael Lee (Deputy Vice Chancellor HAU)

11.20     Tour of Farm and Livestock Research Area options:

              - Applied Ruminant Research at the Beef and Sheep Unit - Prof. Jude Capper (Sustainable Beef and Sheep Production, HAU).

              - Dairy Research Work - Prof. Liam Sinclair (Animal Science, HAU).

              - Pig Unit Work - Sarah Icely (Deputy Sector Manager, HAU).

12.20     Return to the Regional Food Academy (RFA) Lecture Theatre:

              - HAU Food Activity and RFA Resources - Dr Lynn McIntyre (Senior Lecturer in Food Safety, HAU).

              - Evaluation of net carbon emissions from dairy production systems - Fern Baker (PhD student, jointly funded by AFCP members, Nottingham University)

13.00     Lunch and Poster Session

14.30     Lameness in Ruminants (based on her PhD funded by AFCP member, The Perry Foundation) - Dr Caroline Best (University of Bristol, Veterinary School)

              HAU School of Sustainable Food & Farming (SSFF) - Simon Thelwell (HAU Strategic Director, SSFF)

              Agri-tech Developments in the Beef and Sheep Sectors - Prof. Karl Behrendt (Agri-Tech Economics, HAU).

15.30     Panel Discussion, Chaired by Prof. Jude Capper.

16.00     End


Click here for biographies of all the speakers

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