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International Symposium on Dairy Animal Reproduction (ISDAR 2015) held at UVAS, Lahore, Pakistan

A two-day International Symposium on Dairy Animal Reproduction with the theme “New knowledge new practices” began at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore on March 30-31, 2015.

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Pro-Chancellor Syed Babar Ali inaugurated the symposium organized by the Department of Theriogenology of the UVAS in collaboration with the Society of Animal Reproduction Pakistan (SARP).

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, UVAS Ex-Vice-Chancellor, and SARP Patron-in-Chief Prof Dr Manzoor Ahmad and Prof Dr Laeeq Akbar Lodhi were present on the occasion. Plenary lectures, poster contest sessions, presentations and group discussions covering the areas of animal reproduction, animal health, nutrition and breeding and genetics are featuring the symposium.

This event has attracted a large number of national and international experts related to dairy animal reproduction from USA, Canada, Brazil, India, Turkey, Nepal, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, Syed Babar Ali said that such symposium is very important for genetic improvement and development of local breeds.

The livestock sector is a rapidly growing sub-sector and central to the livelihood of rural people. He said that it is playing an important role in national food security and rural economic uplift and can play a more vibrant role in economic development, employment generation and socio-economic stability of rural areas provided a level playing field is available to its stakeholders.

He said that it is a stark reality that livestock sector based on modern reproductive techniques in our country is in infancy and there is a lot of space for modern research based inputs.

This is the time for our scientists to step forward and pave the path for sustainable development. He urged the professors and scientists to look into the future strategies to improve livestock productivity and health by the application of modern reproductive techniques.

Prof Pasha said that the purpose of the symposium is to involve the livestock stakeholder for their inputs in order to achieve faster, better and shared development leading to economic gains at the same time fulfilling the consumers and importers requirements.

Future road map has the milestones in the shape of entering the global Halal Food Market with credible veterinary certification, controlling trans-boundary animal diseases of trade and economic importance.

A number of stalls of various companies were set up at the symposium. Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad who was the organizing secretary of the Symposium accompanied Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, delegates and guests who visited many stalls and talked to stall owner asking about their products. Pre symposium workshops were also organized on “Recent advances in embryology and Bovine reproductive ultrasonography”. In the afternoon participants visited Buffalo Research Institute (BRI), Pattoki for Milk completion (Doodh Mela).

Abstracts of ISDAR 2015 have been published in Pakistan Journal of Veterinary and Animal Science and are available at http://jvas.com.pk/title/sup-isdar.asp