Aberystwyth University to stage beef conference

Aberystwyth University is set to play host to an international conference aimed at improving the quality and safety of beef.

The event, involving experts from more than 40 leading research and industrial organisations from across the world, will be at the University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS).

Around 100 delegates are expected to attend the two-day gathering on 6-7 October, organisers have predicted.

On the Wednesday afternoon (6 October) the conference links up with the Red Meat Development Programme, which is delivered by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales on behalf of Farming Connect.

Farmers are invited to attend practical demonstrations on IBERS Gogerddan Farm, addressing major issues affecting beef safety and quality, including: approaches to increasing economic value from the carcase, on farm factors which influence the safety of beef and beef products, and improving eating quality of beef.

Event host Professor Nigel Scollan said: “This is a great opportunity for producers and processors to discuss the latest ideas in beef eating quality and safety with experienced workers in the field from across the world.”

Four of IBERS’ own scientists will present important papers and addresses at the conference; which marks more than three years of IBERS’ involvement in a five-year European Commission research project, called ProSafe Beef.

Other papers will be presented by leading scientists from across the European Union on subjects ranging from consumer demand and new products to improving hygiene on farms, food safety procedures in abattoirs and producing more tender beef.

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