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April 15 and 16, 2014: 4th LowInputBreeds Symposium

Symposium annoucement

April 15 and 16, 2014: 4th LowInputBreeds Symposium in Newcastle, UK


Gillian Butler
Newcastle University
Nafferton Farm
NE43 7XD, UK
Tel. +44 166 1830222
Fax +44 166 1831006


Campus map Newcastle University

Fourth LowInputBreeds Symposium 2014

The fourth symposium of the LowInputBreeds project ( ) took place in Newcastle, UK, from April 15 to 16, 2014. At this symposium the results of the LowInputBreeds project, which came to an end in April 2014, were presented.

The proceedings of this Symposium were published in the LowInputBreeds Newsletter No. 10. (471 KB)


  • Conference flyer
  • Venue: Newcastle University, Newcastle (see campus map on the right)
  • Organisers: Nafferton Ecological Farming Group, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • Registration form: If you wish to attend the event, please use our registration form and send it to
  • Contact: Gillian Butler, project coordinator, Nafferton Ecological Farming Group, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


Tuesday 15th April

  • 08.45 - Registration - Herschel Building, Newcastle University
  • 09.00 – Meeting commences (Lecture Theatre 2, Herschel Building)

Cattle (Tuesday am)

  • An overview SP 1:
    Anna Bieber (FiBL) on behalf of Henner Simianer (Georg-August-University Goettingen)
  • Interaction of production, fertility and fitness, and methane emission in low input cattle production
    Christian Reimer (Georg-August-University Goettingen )on behalf of Tong Yin and Sven König (Kassel University)
  • Functional traits and genomic prediction
    Christain Reimer (Georg-August-University Goettingen)
  • Cross- bred dairy production in UK
    Gillian Butler (Newcastle University)
  • Industrial partner’s benefits from LIB: Fritz Schmitz-Hsu (Swissgenetics)

Sheep (Tuesday am)

  • An overview SP2
    Hervé  Hoste (INRA)
  • Effects of tannin containing resources on the parasitic nematodes
    Hervé Hoste (INRA) and/or Smaro Sotiraki (Demeter)
  • Lamb meat quality
    Alessandro Priollo (University of Catania)
  • Epidemiology of gastrointestinal parasites and milk quality in ewes
    Nikos Voutzourakis (Newcastle University)
  • Integrated strategies to control of gastrointestinal parasites
    Steffen Werne (FiBL)
  • Use of Legumes and quality of lamb meat
    Sophie Prache / Thais Devincenzi (INRA Theix)
  • A Commercial Perspectives on dissemination to farmers
    Smaro Sotiraki  (HAO / DEMETER) 

  • 13.00 – LUNCH – Common Room, Agriculture Building, Newcastle University
  • 14.00 – Meeting recommences (Lecture Theatre 2, Herschel Building)

Pigs (Tuesday pm)

  • An overview of SP
    Jascha Leenhouwers (Topigs)
  • Effect of heat stress and phosphorus supplementation on pig electron chain gene expression
    Simone Guimarães (Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil)
  • Meat quality: survey approach
    Diane Holmes (Newcastle University)
  • Commercial perspective of involvement in LIB
    Jascha Leenhouwers (Topigs)

Poultry (Tuesday pm)

  • An overview of SP3
    Ferry Leenstra (Wageningen UR Livestock Research)
  • Findings from the farm visit
    Monique Bestman (Louisbolk Institute)
  • Fatty acids in eggs: the impact of season, management and genotype
    Eleni Chatzidimitriou (Newcastle University)
  • Moulting to extend lay period
    Veronika Maurer  (FiBL)
  • Commercial perspective on involvement in LIB
    Jeroen Visscher (Institut de Sélection Animale BV)

Wednesday, 16th April

  • 09.00 – Meeting commences (hLecture Theatre 2, Herschel Building)

Horizontal activities (Wednesday am)

  • Ethical issues considered in the LowInputBreeds project
    Karsten Klint Jensen (University of Copenhagen)