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Animal AgTech Innovation Summit Europe 2021
Animal AgTech Innovation Summit Europe 2021

Animal AgTech Innovation Summit Europe 2021

October 19, 2021 to October 20, 2021
United Kingdom
Lectures
13:00hs
10/19/2021
Keynote: Beyond Productivity Gains: Meeting the Urgent Demand for a Sustainable, Healthy, and Profitable Animal Protein Industry
13:00hs
10/19/2021
13:10hs
10/19/2021
Opening Panel: Innovating towards Carbon-Smart Farming in the Race to Net Zero

Moderator:
Aidan Connolly, President & CEO, CAINTHUS & AGRITECH CAPITAL, USA

Speakers:
Jamie Brannan, President International, ZOETIS, UK
Lukas Visek, Member of Cabinet of Executive VP Frans Timmermans, EUROPEAN COMMISSION, BELGIUM
Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General, COPA-COGECA, BELGIUM
Robert Erhard, Corporate Agriculture Specialist, NESTLE, SWITZERLAND

 

  • What does ‘net-zero’ mean for the animal agriculture industry and who does it impact the most? How can we work together to find a scientific, reliable, and standardised tool for farmers to measure carbon, greenhouse gas emissions and sustainability?
  • How are The Farm to Fork Strategy and COP26 contributing to the urgency of changing farming methods, and where do we see ourselves in 5-10 years’ time? What is holding back the industry from accelerating to where it needs to be and catching up with the rest of the agri-food industry?
  • How can we ensure that net-zero carbon aligns with other important sustainability metrics and goals such as food quality, nutrition management, animal welfare and farm profitability?
  • Which new technology players are emerging in response to these challenges? Where do industry leaders and stakeholders see the biggest opportunities for impact?
  • What innovative projects and collaborations are successfully being trialled and modelled? What key learnings can we take from these?
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13:10hs
10/19/2021
13:50hs
10/19/2021
VOX POP: The Farmer’s Voice

Speakers:
Kerli Ats, CEO, ESTONIAN FARMER’S FEDERATION, Member, EESC, ESTONIA
Sophie Gregory, Dairy Farmer, ARLA ORGANIC, UK
David Christensen, Dairy and Beef Farmer, KINGSTON HILL FARM / ARLA, UK
Matthew Wilkin, Director, WHITE SKYE FARMS, UK

 

In order to provide the tools and systems that will help farmers achieve their goals, we must start at the very beginning and hear from the farmers themselves. We’ve spoken to farmers across Europe about the main challenges they face, and their experiences in adopting new technologies.

  • What are your main objectives and priorities over the next 12 months? How have these shifted since the pandemic? What are your biggest challenges and concerns?
  • How do you feel about the growth of on-farm data and the transition to digital? Are you seeing a clear ROI from this?
  • What other new technologies coming onto the market excite you the most and where do you see the biggest opportunities to improve your operations?
  • What are your concerns regarding new solutions, and what could be done to accelerate your adoption?
  • What are your thoughts on government incentives such as The Sustainable Farming Incentive in the UK?
  • What does the future look like for you in the next 5-10 years? How can the industry best support tomorrow’s farmers?
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13:50hs
10/19/2021
14:10hs
10/19/2021
Roundtable Discussions

Join our speakers in breakout groups to brainstorm solutions to the challenges raised during today’s sessions.

14:10hs
10/19/2021
14:40hs
10/19/2021
Track 1: Digital and Smart Livestock Farming
Panel: The Power of Precision Livestock Farming

Moderator:
Tomas Norton, Professor, Precision Livestock Farming, KU LEUVEN, BELGIUM

Speakers:
Simon Johansen, Director of Business Development, BIG DUTCHMAN GROUP, DENMARK
Justin Gale, Global Business Manager Swine, BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM, GERMANY

  • Where are today’s farmers seeing greatest impact/value through the use of digital solutions on the farm?
  • How successful are sensors and monitoring solutions in enabling early disease detection and treatment? What new technological advances are emerging in this space?
  • How do we get better at measuring animal welfare and signs of positive behaviour in animals?
  • Which digital technologies are gaining most traction and investment? What are some successful examples of producers using PLF solutions to improve health, welfare and sustainability?
  • What is needed to make PLF technologies economically available to both large- and small-scale farmers? How can the industry better communicate the ROI to farmers? Who is going to be owning and using the data?
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14:40hs
10/19/2021
Track 1: Digital and Smart Livestock Farming
14:40hs
10/19/2021
Track 2: Aquaculture Health and Nutrition
Presentation: Balancing Scale and Sustainability in Aquaculture
  • What is needed to sustainably scale both RAS and off-shore aquaculture to meet fast-growing market demand?
  • How important is supply chain transparency to the future of the sector, and what technologies offer the greatest potential in this space?
  • How can we ensure that farmers both large and small see the ROI of sustainable, high-welfare farming practices?
14:40hs
10/19/2021
Track 2: Aquaculture Health and Nutrition
14:50hs
10/19/2021
Track 2: Aquaculture Health and Nutrition
Panel: Scaling Alternative AquaFeeds

Moderator:
Björgólfur Hávarðsson, Innovation Manager, SEAFOOD INNOVATION CLUSTER / Senior Industry Mentor, HATCH BLUE, NORWAY

Speakers:
Ohad Maiman, CEO, KINGFISH COMPANY, NETHERLANDS
Peter Rowe, CEO, DEEP BRANCH, UK
Cecile Lassalle, Formulation and Cost Pricing Director, CARGILL, SWITZERLAND
Mike Veilings, Co-Founder, AQUASPARK, NETHERLANDS

  • The majority of the carbon footprint of aquaculture comes from feed: What sustainable alternatives to fishmeal and soy are gaining most traction?
  • How are biotech and circular-based solutions from waste scaling up? With changes to EU legislation on animal feed, do we see these alternatives transferring to livestock feed?
  • What commercial stage are we at with aquafeed innovations such as insects, algae and single-cell proteins and can they scale fast enough for the industry to make a full transition?
  • How can we accelerate their route to market whilst also considering cost, safety, policy and consumer perception? What are the main challenges and setbacks?
  • How can producers work with retailers to uncover new marketing opportunities and how do marketeers see consumers reacting to insect-fed products?
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Speaker:
Björgolfur Havardsson
Norway
Training manager
14:50hs
10/19/2021
Track 2: Aquaculture Health and Nutrition
15:20hs
10/19/2021
Track 1: Digital and Smart Livestock Farming
Technology Deep Dive: IoT Solutions for Animal Welfare

Speaker:
Ambra Milani, Co-Founder, CYNOMYS, ITALY

15:20hs
10/19/2021
Track 1: Digital and Smart Livestock Farming
15:30hs
10/19/2021
Track 1: Digital and Smart Livestock Farming
Panel Debate: AI & Robotics - Is the Future of Farming Hybrid?

Speaker:
David Speller, Founder & CEO, OPTIFARM, UK

  • After the pandemic shed light on the supply chain risks caused by human labour shortages, how have producers, processors and other companies along the supply chain adapted, and what new technologies are emerging as a result?
  • What impact could AI & robotics have on the efficiency and sustainability of livestock farming? What are the strengths and limitations of a fully automated farm? What could a hybrid model look like?
  • How do we implement these technologies so that they are user-friendly, accessible and deliver a clear return on investment for producers?
  • Which companies are setting good examples of applying these technologies, and what can we learn from their experiences?
  • What does the digitisation of farming mean for the next generation of farmers, and how will the need for new skill-sets affect workers and traditional employment?
  • What are some of the consumer perceptions and concerns around AI & Robotics?
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15:30hs
10/19/2021
Track 1: Digital and Smart Livestock Farming
15:30hs
10/19/2021
Track 2: Aquaculture Health and Nutrition
Technology Deep Dive: Microalgae-Based Feed Solutions
15:30hs
10/19/2021
Track 2: Aquaculture Health and Nutrition
15:40hs
10/19/2021
Track 2: Aquaculture Health and Nutrition
Case Studies: Disease Detection & Prevention in Aquaculture
  • Which digital platforms and AI solutions are proving successful in supporting disease detection and preventing outbreaks of sea lice?
  • How are new evolutions in oral vaccines and therapeutics combatting anti-microbial resistance in fish populations?
  • What natural solutions are emerging in disease prevention and treatment?
  • How do feed additives and medical treatments differ when farming on land vs off-shore?
15:40hs
10/19/2021
Track 2: Aquaculture Health and Nutrition
16:00hs
10/19/2021
Presentation: Access Denied: Why The Tech Revolution Has Yet To Revolutionise The Ag Industry At Scale

Speaker:
Yasir Khokhar, CEO & Co-Founder, CONNECTERRA, NETHERLANDS

Carbon-smart farming. Neural networks. Artificial intelligence. Blockchain. Virtual reality. The world’s cutting-edge technologies have immense potential to transform agriculture and save our planet. But transformation only happens when technology is accessible and delivers on its promise to the people who use it. From empowering daily decision-making to facilitating insight-driven collaboration between farm teams and their advisors to unlocking data-driven regenerative strategies for processors, we’ll show a real case study of adoption that has a clear path to scaling.

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16:00hs
10/19/2021
16:10hs
10/19/2021
Panel: Connecting & Communicating with the Conscious Consumer

Speakers:
John Kirkpatrick, Agricultural Manager, Poultry and Eggs, TESCO, UK
Emily Phelps, Sustainability Lead, AVARA FOODS, UK
Cliona Howie Del Río, CEO, FOUNDATION EARTH, SPAIN

 

  • With consumers increasingly conscious about what they eat and where it comes from, how can producers, brands and retailers engage more with consumers to communicate sustainability and welfare practices?
  • How can discrepancies between what consumers say they want, and their behaviour cause problems along the supply chain? Will cost always be the decisive factor for consumers?
  • To what extent can health, welfare and sustainability information about products change consumer behaviour? What messages do consumers relate to most when buying animal products and in which direction is this shifting?
  • With the pandemic, we saw a shift from bricks and mortar retail towards more D2C and online sales channels. How are producers taking advantage of social media platforms such as Facebook and TikTok to form closer connections with their target audience?
  • A traffic-light eco-scoring system is being trialled on both animal and plant-based products: What’s next on the horizon for retailers when it comes to product marketing and labelling? Are carbon and animal welfare scorings a thing of the future on all animal protein products? What are the strengths and limitations of this?
  • How can we ensure that the value derived from data on welfare and sustainability feeds back to the farmer?
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16:10hs
10/19/2021
16:50hs
10/19/2021
Networking Break (Airmeet)
16:50hs
10/19/2021
17:20hs
10/19/2021
Start-Up Pitching Session

Shark:
Jan Meiling, Managing Director, STARTLIFE, NETHERLANDS

Start-Ups:
Simo Ellilä, CEO, ENIFERBIO, FINLAND
Nimrod Madar, CEO, FARMSEE, ISRAEL

17:20hs
10/19/2021
17:50hs
10/19/2021
Investor Debate: How Corporate Venture Funds and VCs View the Opportunities in Animal AgTech

Speakers:
Bor Boer, CEO, TERRA PROTEIN EQUITY, NETHERLANDS
Maarten Goossens, Founding Partner, ANTERRA CAPITAL, NETHERLANDS
Joost Matthijssen, Strategic Innovation Manager, NUTRECO, NETHERLANDS

  • Which trends and technologies are strategic investors and VCs following, and where do they see the biggest opportunities in the animal agtech sector?
  • How can investors take advantage of the shorter feedback loops in animal agriculture compared to crops?
  • What learnings can we take from companies who are acquiring, merging and partnering with very early-stage start-ups? What models are proving most effective?
  • Moving forwards, do we expect to see more strategic partnerships than venture capital investments?
  • Why are there less exits and acquisitions in animal agtech compared to food and crop agtech? Which players are missing from the conversation?
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Speaker:
Maarten Goossens
Netherlands
17:50hs
10/19/2021