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Dear colleagues and friends,

We are proud as over 1,370 delegates from 59 nations participated in the 9th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP) in Leipzig, Germany. Thank you very much, you were great guests. We hope you had a safe return and the impressions of the scientific and social program of Leipzig and Germany will remain in good memories.

The presentations and discussions were at a very high scientific level. The support provided by the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL) and event lab. GmbH was excellent and all details were taken care of very efficiently making the congress a pleasant event. The scientific program was very well compiled under the direction of Prof. Simianer.
The opening ceremony on Sunday evening at the Gewandhaus with music from ’The carnival of the animals’ by Camille Saint-Saëns and the organ piece by J. S. Bach was a great experience. On Monday Professor von Braun showed us the needs for intensive agriculture in a growing world. Farmland on this planet is like a roof garden, there are absolute limits to its expansion. Only 10% of the earth`s surface is used for cropping and livestock production. But this total includes nearly all our reserves, and we cannot afford land for food production out of ecologically important areas. The genetic technological progress can help us in this situation and we have discussed all kinds of new technologies in our working sessions.
Genomic selection was intensively discussed from all perspectives. Genetic approaches to improve animal health and gene interactions are still major challenges.
Wednesday afternoon we could see the practical applications in the vicinity of Leipzig, for example on the modern dairy cattle farms. Eastern Germany has developed into blossoming landscapes, as predicted by then Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl, and we are proud of Germany for accomplishing this reunion so well. Merseburg was one of the highlights of the congress. The summer evening with live music was celebrated on historic cultural sites; cathedral, castle and castle gardens were open for all and the food and wine offered were from this particular region.

Thursday afternoon Dr. Peter Visscher commemorated with several international contributors a special session – Prof. Bill Hill’s contributions to genetics and animal breeding – this was a session honouring his soon to be celebrated 70th birthday.
The Friday evening gala dinner was opened by the local congress president Prof. Dr. Dr. Ernst Kalm and he announced that on Tuesday evening of the congress week the international permanent committee had met, and its agenda had included the election of new members, the election of a new president and the selection of the next congress location. Vancouver, Canada, received a clear majority as the next meeting location. Prof. Dr. John Pollak and Dr. Filippo Miglior will lead the host group. We congratulate this team and are looking forward to the 10th WCGALP in Canada.

On behalf of the organizing team we wish you all the best and are looking forward to meeting all of you again in Canada in 2014.
Last but not least, we express our gratitude to the congress’ sponsors and to all our colleagues of the organizing committee.

Ernst Kalm
Chairman of the Local
Organizing Committee
Georg Erhardt
Chairman of the German Society for
Animal Science

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