“Bridges between scientific advances and farm development”
by Hervé Hoste
This conference took place in Toulouse, France from March 24th to March 28th, 2013, and joined with a session of the COST Action FA0805 CAPARA on “Goat-Parasite Interactions: From Knowledge to Control”
Aims and Scope
Since the first meeting in Armidale (Australia) in 1995, the International Conferences on the Novel Approaches (NA) to the Control of Helminth in Livestock aimed at stimulating links between scientists and specialists of extension services from developed, emerging and developing countries on the specific topic of the control of helminthes in livestock. The main objectives of the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action CAPARA (Goat-parasite interactions: from knowledge to control) FA0805 are similar to those of the Novel Approaches meeting. However, as indicated by its title “Goat-Parasite Interactions: From Knowledge To Control” this COST Action is specifically dedicated to caprine production.
Both the Novel Approaches Conferences and the CAPARA Cost Action FA0805 are frameworks where the importance to maintain or expand links between scientific advances and extension services and end-users is underlined. Last but not least, this conference was also supported by the International Goat Association.
Organization and Results
The joined conference of these two organizations was held in Toulouse for 3 days at the end of March 2013. It was organized in 13 common sessions, including 2 sessions dedicated to the specific questions on the sustainable control of helminthes in goats, completed with poster presentations per sessions (see list of the speakers in the session program). Over 100 participants were present. They were from 30 countries representing the 5 continents. As underlined by the Conference title "Bridging gaps between scientific advances and farm developments", this workshop was aimed at being a unique opportunity for the dissemination of recent scientific advances on the topic of helminth control in livestock and for stimulating discussions about bottlenecks before implementation on farms settings under different epidemiological conditions.
CAPARA Core group meeting
A Core group meeting was held on Tuesday 26th which gathered the board members of CAPARA. Decisions have been adopted concerning the next year of the COST Action. A report on this meeting has been provided by the chairwoman of the COST Action, Dr S. Sotiraki.
On the following day of the meeting (28th March), a trip was organized to visit a local goat/cattle farm. It gave participants the opportunity to discuss the management of such a mixed farm run under organic farming rules and exploiting a local breed (Pyrenean goats).
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