The Princess Royal has congratulated scientists at the world-renowned Moredun Foundation and Moredun Research Institute for sharing knowledge and resources to help prevent and control livestock disease across the globe.
Princess Anne was attending the event at the headquarters of Moredun, located just outside Edinburgh. The event – which focused on the challenges faced when controlling livestock disease in a changing climate – attracted more than 100 delegates from the agricultural, veterinary and research sectors around the world, with speakers including the princess as well as Scotland’s chief scientific advisor for rural affairs and environment Louise Heathwaite.
The event also marked the launch of the International Knowledge Transfer and Exchange (KTE) Hub for Livestock Health and Welfare. This hub aims to develop further Moredun’s existing international partnerships and collaborations to engage with others across the world to help combat livestock disease.
Scientific director and chief executive of Moredun Julie Fitzpatrick said even though Scotland may be a relatively small country in global terms, “it makes a real impact in innovative research and its translation into practice”.
“The issue of global food security will be with us for many decades to come, and if we are to feed the estimated human population, we need to ensure food-producing species are biologically efficient and have optimal health and welfare,” she said. “Disease risks and transmission vary with changing weather and climate, and Moredun has a key role to play in dealing with disease, working alongside numerous international partners.”
The princess mingled with guests over lunch and met several of Moredun’s partners working to prevent and control livestock disease in a changing climate. As well as meeting collaborators from the farming, scientific and policy sectors, the princess also chatted to a group of young scientists and PhD students, and some of Moredun’s international collaborators.
Chairman of the Moredun Foundation Ian Duncan Millar said it is “always a pleasure” to welcome Princess Anne.
“Her support in opening the KTE Hub is much appreciated,” he said. “This new initiative will further the work of the Moredun Foundation in spreading the results and discoveries of the Moredun Research Institute, which will benefit the environment, minimise our collective carbon footprint and contribute towards the well-being of both the farmed livestock and the farmers.”