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14-18 June 2020 

 

 

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Welcome to the 15th International Association for Paratuberculosis Colloquium 2020

It is an honour for me as Chairman of the International Association for Paratuberculosis (Dublin 2020) Committee to formally invite you to the 15th IAP Colloquium be staged in Dublin, Ireland in June 2020. Our committee is made up of representatives of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, University College Dublin, Animal Health Ireland, Animal Health and Welfare Northern Ireland, Agri- Food and Biosciences Institute, Northern Ireland and Teagasc (The Irish Agricultural Research Organisation).

Paratuberculosis is increasingly being recognised as one of the most important infectious diseases affecting livestock production across the island of Ireland. Production lost to paratuberculosis is a significant barrier to farm profitability and trade in animal products. Over the last number of years, Ireland has been very successful in developing a significant programme of research into the disease involving institutes including University College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, Cork Institute of Technology, AFBINI, and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture securing substantial national and international research funding.

The Irish agri-food industry have been pro-active in supporting the development of control programmes for Johne’s Disease. In September 2013 a control programme based on international best practice was launched in Ireland by Animal Health Ireland. This programme, financially supported by government and industry, has attracted almost 2000 dairy herds and includes annual herd screening and on farm risk assessment components which are being delivered by almost 400 veterinarians who have undergone specific Johne’s related training. It is anticipated that an equivalent programme will be launched in Northern Ireland later this year.

The Irish Agri-food sector supports over 10% of total employment in Ireland and is considered a major national priority. The Irish Government has embarked on various initiatives and plans designed to expand our Agrifood industry. Our food and drinks exports are exceeding the ambitious targets set and the quality and safety of these products are recognized worldwide. I am especially happy to state that the Committee has the personal support of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, the Minister of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland, Criona Ni Dhalaigh, Lord Mayor of Dublin, University College Dublin, Animal Health Ireland, Animal Health and Welfare Northern Ireland, Agri- Food and Biosciences Institute, Northern Ireland , Teagasc, Food Safety Association of Ireland, Association of Veterinary Surgeons Practising in Northern Ireland (AVSPNI), North of Ireland Veterinary Association (NIVA), Science Foundation Ireland and Failte Ireland.

Attendees can expect a seamless delegate experience and cost-effective, easy access to Ireland’s shores. Accommodation is blocked around the venue to ensure a wide variety of choice to suit all budgets; furthermore many hotels and guesthouses are within walking distance of the venue, so the costs of attending the conference in Dublin will be kept as low as possible. Ireland’s destination appeal has a proven track record of creating an uplift of 10% in delegate numbers; thereby ensuring the attendance is strong and guaranteeing excellent exposure for all industrial partners.

In coming to historic Dublin you can be assured of a productive and memorable colloquium, discover Irish heritage, culture and music and, of course, experience the world renowned hospitality of Ireland.

Cead Mile Failte (one hundred thousand welcomes).

Peter Mullowney
Chairman