RuminOmics Regional workshop – Budapest
Ruminant livestock production: Improving efficiency and reducing environmental impact

Date: 14:00 28th September – 16:00 29th September 2015
Venue: Best Western Hotel Hungaria – Budapest, Hungary (map:
To register go to:

The aim of the workshop is to provide an overview of the ambitions and outputs from the project and to present the relationship between the animal genome, the rumen microbiota and nutrition. We will discuss how this knowledge can be used to inform animal breeding, feeding and management to lower the environmental footprint of ruminant livestock production and improve feed conversion efficiency and product quality.


Monday 28th September
13.00 Registration and Lunch (free for registered participants)

14.00 – 14.30 Overview of the RuminOmics project. John Wallace, Project Coordinator

Global and Regional Challenges to Ruminant Livestock Production
14.30 – 15.15 Global view of environmental impact of ruminant livestock production. Paolo Bani
15.15 – 17.30 Regional Livestock Sector, breeding industry and goals (4 short papers from the region)

  • Hungary István Fehér
  • Czech Republic Ludek Barton
  • Slovakia Peter Polak
  • Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia Marija Klopčič

Innovations in rumen microbiology, nutrition and genetics
17.30 – 18.15 Nutrition, efficiency and emissions. Pekka Huhtanen

18.30 – 21.30 RECEPTION AND DINNER (offered by RuminOmics)

Tuesday 29th September
Innovations in rumen microbiology, nutrition and genetics con’t
09.00 – 09.45 Rumen Microbial Ecology. John Wallace
09.45 – 10.30 Does the host animal control the activity and composition of its gut microbes? Ilma Tapio
10.30 COFFEE

11.00 – 11.45 Tools for rapid analysis of animal phenotypes and the rumen microbiome. Kevin Shingfield
11.45 – 12:00 Whole genome sequencing of butyrate-producing bacteria. Jakub Mrazek, Francesco Strozzi, Katerina Fliegerova, Jiri Simunek, Hana Sechovcova, Diego Grilli, Jan Kopecny
12.00 – 12.45 Field-scale study of rumen function, efficiency and emissions in dairy cows ‘The 1000 cow study’. Phil Garnsworthy
12.45 – 13.45 LUNCH

Implementation of project outputs in the region
13.45 – 14.00 Introduction Cledwyn Thomas
14.00 – 15.00 Workshop and Round Table Discussion – implementation strategies

The workshop, which is free to attend, will be invaluable to farming and breeding organisations, extension workers, research scientists, NGOs and policy makers.

The deadline for registration for the workshop is 24 September 2015. To register go to:
Register early as spaces are limited!

Venue and Accommodation
The workshop will held at:
Best Western Hotel Hungaria
Rákóczi út 90
1074 Budapest

The hotel has kindly offered a special rate for delegates of 56EUR/night for single occupancy (including breakfast and VAT) and 64EUR for double from 28-30 September. You can book directly to the hotel by clicking on the link: