The Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) in the Netherlands recently organised the Resilience Symposium. The incentive to organise a seminar with this theme is, because in the upcoming years, the term ‘resilience’ will probably pop up more in the agricultural sector and WUR is putting this theme high on the agenda.

Resilience is defined in various ways, but generally it entails the capacity of a complex system to deal with change or stresses. In a recent paper by Marten Scheffer et al. (from WUR), the resilience of the whole depends on the resilience of subsystems that regulate vital parameters such as temperature, glucose level, and mood. In animal sciences, researchers are studying resilience in a quest to better adapt animals to their changing and challenging environment to optimise their welfare and health. And in the case of stress, we can certainly see potential in farm animals. Think of transportation of animals, weaning and treatments that animals have to deal with.

Resilience can also mean elasticity. And the level of elasticity of an animal can be measured, for example, by looking at the speed of recovery after an infection. Click here to read the full article. – All About Feed