WCAP 2018

12th World Conference on Animal Production (WCAP)

The 12th World Conference on Animal Production will be held July 5-8 (Thursday-Sunday) at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver. The hotel is located in the heart of the city, surrounded by restaurants, nightlife and shopping. The meeting will open the evening of July 5 with a Keynote followed by a reception and end on the evening of July 8.

Destination Vancouver

The city is surrounded by majestic mountains, sparkling ocean and rainforests. Explore Vancouver's world-class shopping, gourmet meals, outstanding live entertainment, sporting events, theatre, outdoor adventure, spectacular sights and attractions.


The convention centre area has so much to offer.

There are many great activities in the neighborhoods surrounding the convention centre, all just a short cab ride away.

Draft Schedule

Thursday, July 5, 2018

  • 8:30  - Registration
  • 17:30 - Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jennie Pryce (Victoria Agriculture and La Trobe University, Australia): The next genomic revolution through vets and animal scientists
  • 18:15 - Reception

Friday, July 6, 2018

Session I - Precision Livestock Farming to increase producers' profitability

  • 8:30 - Dr. Ilan Halachmi (Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Israel)
  • 9:15 - Dr. Irenilza de Alencar Nääs (Paulista University, Brazil)
  • 10:00 - Coffee and Poster Break
  • 11:00 - 15 minute talks (selected from submitted abstracts)
  • 11:45 - Dr. Trevor Devries (University of Guelph, Canada): Challenges and opportunities in precision monitoring of dairy cows
  • Lunch 12:45 - 14:00

Session II - Higher food safety to enhance consumer confidence

  • 14:00 - Dr. Herman Barkema (University of Calgary, Canada): Effect of the use of antibiotics in food animals on antibiotic resistance in food animals and humans
  • 14:45 - Dr. Amy Pruden (Virginia Tech, United States): Critical Control Points for preventing the spread of antibiotic resistance associated with cattle manure to fresh produce
  • 15:30 - Coffee and Poster Break
  • 16:30 - 15 minute talks (selected from submitted abstracts)
  • 17:30 - Dr. Uwe Rössler (Free University of Berlin, Germany): The challenge of Antimicrobial resistance on the animal-human-environment interface

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Session III - Challenges and opportunities in animal health

  • 8:30 - Dr. Andres Perez (University of Minnesota, United States): Food safety and animal health and production: one health, many challenges, no silver bullets
  • 9:15 - Dr. Janice Zanella (Embrapa Swine and Poultry, Santa Catarina, Brazil): Emerging health issues in swine in Brazil
  • 10:00 - Coffee and Poster Break
  • 11:00 - 15 minute talks (selected from submitted abstracts)
  • 11:45 - Dr. Gregoria Velasco Gil (Virginia Commonwealth University, United States): Contribution of pastoral systems to global food security, trends and challenges
  • Lunch 12:45 - 14:00

Session IV: Animal well-being challenges for today, opportunities for tomorrow

  • 14:00 - Dr. Don Lay (USDA ARS/Purdue University, United States): Intractable animal welfare challenges continue to ramp up pressure on the animal industries. Progress and Opportunities
  • 14:45 - Dr. Adroaldo Zanella (University of Sao Paolo, Brazil): The impact of prenatal and neonatal environments for animal welfare
  • 15:30 - Coffee and Poster Break
  • 16:30 - 15 minute talks (selected from submitted abstracts)
  • 17:30 - Dr. Marina von Keyserlingk (University of British Columbia, Canada): Animal Welfare in the context of social sustainability
  • Gala 18:15

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Session V: Genetic improvement in developing countries: mission impossible?

  • 8:00 - Dr. Raphael Mrode (ILRI and SRUC/Scotland's Rural College, Kenya and United Kingdom): Developing innovative genomic approaches to livestock genetic improvement in developing countries

  • 8:45 - Dr. Yachun Wang (China Agricultural University, China): Challenges and opportunities for genetic improvement of dairy production in Chine

  • 9:30 - Coffee and Poster Break

  • 10:30 - 15 minute talks (selected from submitted abstracts)

  • 11:15 - Dr. Alessandra Stella (Parco Tecnologico Padano, Italy): Genomics for farm animal adaptation in developing countries

  • Lunch 12:00 - 13:00

Session VI: A picture is worth a thousand words - challenges in communication between agriculture and the public

  • 13:00 - Dr. Gesa Busch (University of Bozen, Italy): From acceptance to acceptability - opportunities in communication between livestock farming and the public
  • 13:45 - Dr. Maria Hötzel (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil): The importance of animal welfare in emerging countries, Brazil as an example
  • 14:30 - Coffee and Poster Break
  • 15:30 - 15 minute talks (selected from submitted abstracts)
  • 16:15 - Dr. Glynn Tonsor (Kansas State University, United States): Animal welfare discussion in the US - perspectives from an economist
  • 17:30 - WCAP Closing Session/ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting Opening Session (Vancouver Convention Centre)

Poster presentations of selected abstracts will be presented each day

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