Introduction, D L Swain, E Charmley, J W Steel and S Coffey; Redesigning animal agriculture: a systematic perspective, R Bawden, Michigan State University, USA; Maintaining vibrant rural communities, M Alston, Charles Sturt University, Australia; Ethics on the frontiers of livestock science, P Thompson, Michigan State University, USA; The impact of genomics on livestock production, R Tellam, CSIRO Livestock Industries, Australia; Precision animal breeding, K Prayaga and A Reverter, both CSIRO, Australia. Germ cell transplantation - a novel approach to designer animals? I Dobrinski, University of Pennsylvania, USA; and J Hill, CSIRO, Australia; Cloning and transgenesis to redesign livestock, D N Wells and G Laible, both Reproductive Technologies, AgResearch Ltd., New Zealand; Transforming livestock with transgenics: is designed resistance to viral diseases the way forward? T Doran and L Lambeth, both CSIRO, Australia; Towards an integrated approach to stochastic process-based modelling: with applications to animal behaviour and spatio-temporal spread, G Marion, Biomathematics & Statistics, Scotland; D M Walker, Hong Kong Polytechnic University; A Cooke, Heriot Watt University, Scotland; D L Swain; and M R Hutchings, Scottish Agricultural College; Reef safe beef: environmentally sensitive livestock management for the grazing lands of the Great Barrier Reef catchments, I Gordon, Sustainable Ecosystems CSIRO, Australia; and B Nelson, Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries, Australia; Meeting ecological restoration targets in European waters: A challenge for animal agriculture, P J Johnes, University of Reading, UK; Livestock - fulfilling social, environmental and economic roles - is it possible? D L Swain; and M Gill, The Scottish Executive Environmental and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD).