Expert Panel 12

Advancing the Three Pillars of Sustainability through Better Livestock Health & Welfare: A Data and Evidence Review

Bundesverband für Tiergesundheit e.V., HealthforAnimals and AnimalhealthEurope

Time: Thursday, 21. January 2021, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (CET), subsequent deep dive 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Languages: English, German

Experts in agro-economics, livestock sustainability, natural resource management and policy discussed the contributions of better livestock health and welfare to sustainability at a panel debate. Livestock offers significant opportunities to positively contribute to the economic, environmental and social sustainability pillars. The experts under lined that livestock is central to the livelihoods of the 1 billion people living on less than $2 a day and governments are encouraged to not discount the contributions of livestock to livelihoods and poverty reduction, as well as to employment and economic growth.

By improving productivity through well-managed healthy animals reduction potentials in resource use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be gained. An ASF case study showed that with up to 150 million pigs lost to ASF in 2019, the GHG emissions invested in this production with no return amount up to 45 million tonnes. In developing countries in particular where access to animal health services is not always evident, livestock is viewed as a key asset and safety net that is fundamental for many livelihoods, and especially important for women. Livestock also plays an essential role in balanced nutrition and good health. The need for policymakers to recognise and harness diversity in livestock was highlighed. Greater investment is needed in sustainability research, disease reporting, in promoting herd health planning and access to the tools to support animalhealth.


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Roxane FELLER is Secretary General of AnimalhealthEurope. Representing the animal medicines industry in Europe, the association works to maintain a predictable and responsible competitive market place which stimulates innovation and allows wide and sustainable access to safe, effective and quality veterinary medicines.

Roxane started her career in the area of EU political advocacy in Brussels in 1992 heading up social affairs for the European Sugar Industry before moving on to Copa-Cogeca, the organisation representing European farmers and agri-cooperatives, where she was senior policy officer in charge of all food and feed safety-related issues including animal health and welfare for 14 years.

Prior to joining AnimalhealthEurope in February 2015, Roxane was Director of the Economic Department in FoodDrinkEurope, an umbrella organisation representing the food and drink manufacturing industry in Europe.

Roxane Feller studied in the United States and in Switzerland. She is a lawyer by training and speaks French and English, with an excellent knowledge of German, Spanish and Dutch.

Panel Guests

Jude L. Capper, PhD ARAgS is an independent Livestock Sustainability Consultant based in Oxfordshire, UK, who undertook her BSc (Agriculture with Animal Science) and PhD (Ruminant Nutrition and Behaviour) at Harper Adams University College (UK), followed by post-doctoral research at Cornell University (USA) and a faculty position at Washington State University (USA).Jude’s research focuses on modeling the sustainability of livestock production systems, specifically dairy and beef.
She sits on the National Beef Association board and is Chair of the Route Panel for Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care for the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education. She was awarded the Women in Dairy “Dairy Industry Woman of the Year 2017” and the Farmers Guardian “Farming Hero of the Year 2018” awards. Associate Membership of the Royal Agricultural Society was conferred upon Jude in 2018.

Anne Mottet is a Livestock Development Officer with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. She has over 20 years of experience in working with governments, decision makers, farmers and the industry for the sustainable development of agriculture. Her expertise includes environmental impacts, climate change, micro and macroeconomics, policy evaluation and approaches like agroecology, low carbon livestock and climate smart agriculture. She has developed tools and methodologies for the assessment of various sustainability dimensions and coordinates a portfolio of projects with International Funding Institutions, research organisations and global environmental funds. She is also a published author in high impact international scientific journals, a reviewer of IPCC guidelines and reports and a member of various scientific advisory boards.

Shirley Tarawali is Assistant Director General and Board secretary at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) based in Nairobi, Kenya and Chair of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock. Shirley has over 35 years’ experience implementing and leading research for development across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, with a portfolio covering livestock-environment, animal nutrition and natural resource management. Shirley has authored or co-authored over 50 articles in scientific journal or peer-reviewed publications and contributed as author or editor to a further 30-plus books and proceedings articles. Shirley holds a PhD in Plant Science from the University of London, UK.

Claire Bury is currently Deputy Director-General in DG Health and Food Safety with responsibility for food safety and sustainability. She is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges.

She was previously Deputy Director-General for the Digital Single Market in DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology and Director of Modernisation of the Single Market in Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

Before that, she was Head of Unit for Company Law, Corporate Governance and Financial Crime in Directorate General Internal Market and Services, and Deputy Head of Cabinet to Internal Market Commissioners Charlie McCreevy and Frits Bolkestein.

An English barrister by training, she worked in the Commission’s Legal Service and, before coming to Brussels, in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


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