The 7th World Buffalo Congress took place in Manila (Philippines) on October 20thto 23rd, 2004, organized by the International Buffalo Federation (IBF), the Philippines Society of Animal Science, the Philippines Carabao Center and the Department of Agriculture.
The IBF, that is a Scientific Association born in 1985, is organized by the General Secretary (Antonio Borghese) with a permanent office in the Animal Production Research Institute (Istituto Sperimentale per la Zootecnia, Monterotondo, Roma, Italy) and by the President, elected in the Plenary Meeting by the representatives of the National Associations every 3 years, changing the Continent every time. The elected President will organize the next World Buffalo Congress.
The 7th World Buffalo Congress, organized by the President Libertado C. Cruz, Executive Director of the Philippines Carabao Center, involved all the scientific and political Authorities of Philippines and more than 700 people from all the countries of the World.
The proceedings, including 172 papers and 31 invited papers, represent the state of art in the research in all the buffalo fields (animal health, breeding and genetics, meat and milk production, nutrition, physiology, reproduction, socio-economic).
During the IBF Plenary Meeting Luigi Zicarelli (University Federico II of Napoli, Italy) was elected President of IBF, therefore he will organize the 8th World Buffalo Congress in Italy on 2007. Libertado C. Cruz handed the flag of the IBF to the Italian delegation for the next Congress with the wishes for the success and the development of the buffalo species in the World.
The Scientific Association of Animal Production congratulates its members:
- Antonio Borghese and Luigi Zicarelli for the above-mentioned piece of news;
- Donato Matassino, Past President of ASPA and Full Professor at the Faculty of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Science, Sannio University, Benevento (Italy), who was confirmed, as Adviser in Zootechnics of Ministry of Agricultural and Forestry Policies (MiPAF, Italy): (i) member, for triennium 2004-2006, of the Central Technical Committee for Zootechnical Book of rare autochthonous populations and ethnic groups; (ii) member, for triennium 2004-2006, of Central Technical Committee of Buffalo Herd book.
The Scientific Association of Animal Production congratulates:
- its member Giovanna Martelli, Researcher at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bologna (Italy), who has been confirmed for the next triennium as a member of the Committee of Appeal of IPQ (Institute Parma Quality, controlling and certificating body in PDOs Prosciutto di Parma, Prosciutto di Modena and Culatello di Zibello). The other members are Prof. Giovanni Ballarini and Dr. Marta Bellatti of the Experimental Station for the Food Preserving Industry (SSICA) of Parma (Italy).
- the following new ASPA members, accepted by the Plenary Meeting of the Association, June 18, 2004 (Bologna, Italy).
Battacone G. (Univ. Sassari); Bava L. (Univ. Milano);
Buccioni A. (Univ. Firenze); Filippini F.M.P. (ANABIC, Perugia);
Gasco L. (Univ. Torino); Iacurto M. (ISZ. Tor Mancina, Roma);
Iaffaldano N. (Univ. of Molise); Malagutti L. (Univ. Milano);
Mimosi A. (Univ. Torino); Pugliese C. (Univ. Firenze);
Speroni M. (ISZ. Cremona); Zannotti M. (Univ. Milano).
- the new Board of Directors of the Association for the next three years, elected in the same Plenary Meeting:
Prof. Pierlorenzo Secchiari (President, University of Pisa)
Prof. Giuseppe Pulina (Vice President, University of Sassari)
Prof. Luigi Gallo (Treasurer, University of Padova)
Prof. Adalberto Falaschini (Member, University of Bologna)
Prof. Bruno Stefanon (Member, University of Udine)
The member Andrea Martini, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Firenze (Italy), inform that the second SAFO Workshop concerning "Potential and Limitations of Husbandry Practice to secure Animal Health, Welfare and Food Safety in Organic Livestock Farming" was held in Witzenhausen, University of Kassel, Germany, the last 25-27 March 2004.
Sustaining Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming (SAFO) is a Concerted Action Project founded by European Commission (QRLT - 2001 - 02541); the aim is to improve food safety and animal health in organic livestock production systems in existing and candidate member countries of the European Union. Information about the project and electronic version of the Proceedings are available at the SAFO web-site http://www.safonetwork.org.
the Italian Journal of Animal Science [eISSN 1828-051X] is the official journal of the Animal Science and Production Association and it is published by PAGEPress®, Pavia, Italy. Reg. Pavia, n. 2/2010-INF. All credits and honors to PKP for their OJS.