Thank you to the almost 500 delegates from 50 different countries that attended the 1st joint International Symposium on the Nutrition of Herbivores/International Symposium on Ruminant Physiology (ISNH/ISRP) that was held in Canberra from the 8th to the 12th of September. The organisation of this event has taken a lot of time and effect from a number of people and first of all I would like to acknowledge the contribution of all our sponsors as without their support this event wouldn’t have been possible. In particular I would like to acknowledge our Major Sponsor: Meat and Livestock Australia, our Conference Supporters: Dairy NSW and NSW Department of Primary Industries, our International Speaker Sponsors: Biomin Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Feedworks, Harry Stobbs Memorial Fund, Meat and Livestock Australia, and Sheep CRC, our Name Badge Sponsor: Allflex, our International Rumen Pangenome Project Session Sponsors: University of Western Australia and New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, our Morning Tea Sponsor: DSM Nutritional Products Asia Pacific, and our Welcome Reception Sponsor: Novus International Inc. I am also grateful to Sheep Connect, Kenny's Creek Angus, Certified Angus Beef Australia, and KC Natural for supporting the field trips, to Dairy Australia for supporting the Australian Student Travel Scholarship, to the Australian Association of Ruminant Nutritionists, to the Dairy Goat Society of Australia and to all of our trade exhibitors.
I would like to acknowledge the tireless contribution of the Local Organising Committee and of the Scientific Committee for their continuous support over the past 4 years. I am grateful to our Professional Conference Organiser, ICMS Australasia, for working with us on this project and for harmoniously coordinating all the different tasks of this Conference. More importantly I would like to thank each and every one of you for your contribution to our scientific program and for making this Conference a success. The Conference Proceedings boast 132 peer reviewed papers that have been published in the Animal Production Science Special Edition [Vol 54(9-10)] and over 350 one page papers that have been published in Animal Production in Australia (Vol 30). I am grateful to the help of my colleagues and friends Drs David McNeil, Graeme Martin, Graham Gardner, Darryl Savage, Sabrina Greenwood and Michael Friend who assisted me in the review process of the papers submitted to Animal Production Science, and to Drs Sue Hatcher, Gaye Krebs and Benjamin Holman for editing the papers submitted to Animal Production in Australia. Finally I would like to thank all delegates that had to endure a long trip to attend this conference. I hope that the conference has provided plentiful opportunities for you to interact with like-minded researchers and to expand your networks. On behalf of all members of the local organising committee we hope that you enjoyed this congress, learnt new things and had a pleasant stay in Canberra.
Dr Pietro Celi