Event: The Future of Livestock in the EU and Beyond

Our partner associations are hosting an open exchange on the future of livestock in the EU and beyond!

When: 28 September, 14:00-18:00
Where: Concert Noble, rue d’Arlon 82, Brussels

EU associations representing the livestock value chain have come together to organise this pivotal event on the future of livestock. Our event aims to offer an open discussion amongst scientists, policymakers, NGOs and the private sector, to show our willingness to seek dialogue with all stakeholders and address societal challenges through feasible and practical solutions.
Together we can work towards bringing an end to the current polarisation around animal husbandry and the role of livestock both in our food systems and in society.

We have reached capacity for this event. You can follow it online here.


14:00 – Opening remarks from Event Moderator, Rose O’Donovan, Editor of AGRA FACTS
followed by
Keynote speech: FAO’s role in promoting sustainable livestock production around the world
Thanawat Tiensin, FAO Director of Animal Production and Health Division

14:25 – Panel discussion: Animal Welfare in Livestock Farming
Setting the Scene: Leonard Theron, RumeXpert
Antonio Velarde, IRTA
Lucie Carrouée, DG SANTE
Inês Grenho Ajuda, Eurogroup for Animals

15:10 – Panel discussion: Livestock Farming and the Environment
Setting the Scene: Manuel Maia, young dairy farmer
Pablo Manzano, Basque Centre for Climate Change
Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, DG AGRI
Célia Nyssens, European Environmental Bureau

15:55 – Coffee break

16:25 – Panel discussion: The Role of Livestock in Healthy Diets and Nutrition
Setting the Scene: Stefaan De Smet, Ghent University
Alice Stanton, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
Camille Perrin, BEUC

17:10 – High-level panel: Future EU policy on livestock
Roberto Berutti, European Commission
Pablo Bernardos Hernández, Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Marco Contiero, Greenpeace EU
Pekka Pesonen, Copa Cogeca

17:55 – Closing remarks: Moderator

The event will be followed by networking drinks and a walking dinner.