LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION IN CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT

Constraints to animal production in tropical and developing countries are complex and include environmental, political, sociological, economical, legal, and technical (management). In tropical countries, environmental constraints are focused towards global warming and adaptation to heat stress, water and soil pollution and water issues. The manipulation of physical and biological parameters is essential in order to optimize farm productivity and economic output. However, socioeconomic conditions may interfere with environmental constraints and affect the overall output of the ecosystems on a sustainable basis. In ASEAN region, livestock production is likely to be increasingly affected by carbon constraints and environmental and animal welfare legislation. Demand for livestock products in the future could be heavily moderated by socio-economic factors such as human health concerns and changing socio-cultural values. There is considerable uncertainty as to how these factors affect different this region in the coming decades. The livestock sector globally is highly dynamic and in developing countries, it is evolving in response to rapidly increasing demand for livestock products. In developed countries, demand for livestock products is stagnating, while many production systems are increasing their efficiency and environmental sustainability. Changes in the demand for livestock products have been largely driven by human population growth, income growth and urbanization. This is true for the ASEAN region, where livestock numbers have increased significantly in the last decade, possibly due to improved in farming systems and science and technology. Nevertheless, livestock production will increasingly be affected by competition for land and water, for food and feed and by the need to operate in a carbon-constrained economy. Farming systems will also increasingly be affected by legislation on environment and animal welfare. These issues are pertinent to livestock production especially with changing global political scenario. To address these issues, Malaysian Society of Animal Production is happy to announce that the 4th Asean Region Conference on Animal Production (ARCAP4) in conjunction with the 38th MSAP Annual Conference with the theme Livestock Production in Challenging Environment will be held at Le Grandeur Resort, Senai, Johor Baru, from 27-30th August 2017. Johor Baru is an exciting city on the southern tip of peninsular Malaysia and has many attractions, beautiful beaches and waterfronts, theme parks and culinary streets overlooking the Johor Straits. Ideal for tourists young and old. This conference promises an interesting and dynamic discussion on current issues on Asean livestock and visits to farms. We look forward to your participation at our 4th ARCAP and 38th MSAP annual conference in Johor Baru.

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