New memberships of EFFAB and FABRE TP in European councils and associations
Tessa Brinker new Industry Representative in EAAP Genetics commission.
During the annual EAAP conference 2018 in Dubrovnik, Tessa Brinker was nominated by the EAAP Genetics commission to become their new Industry Representative. Tessa’s general knowledge on genetics and her current role at EFFAB and FABRE TP made her very suited for this role. The commission on Animal Genetics addresses all questions regarding the genetic mechanisms underlying performance, phenotype and behavior of farm animals, and also all aspects of how these trait complexes can be modified through means of breeding. The genetic sessions that the commission organizes each EAAP conference are generally well attended.
For information about the EAAP commission on Animal Genetics click here.
EFFAB new member of AAC (Aquaculture Advisory Council)
EFFAB was accepted as new member of AAC during their annual meeting on 13th of September 2018. The AAC is a balanced stakeholder representative organization created for consultation on elements of Union policies which could affect aquaculture under Articles 34 and 44 of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013.
For more information about AAC click here.
Press release ECJ C-528/16 Mutagenesis
Animal breeders continue to advocate the responsible use of breeding technologies despite the ruling C-528/16 of the European Court of Justice
The European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders (EFFAB) is aware of NGO´s and consumers´ concerns about GMO, gene editing (GE) or genome manipulation. Animal breeders don’t use GE to introduce genetic material from another species in the genome of animals, but intend to spread interesting characteristics and to accelerate processes that occurs naturally through breeding over many generations and without introducing foreign genes.
EFFAB considers that the decision stating that organisms obtained by mutagenesis are GMO is a missed opportunity for Europe to continue to be a competitive producer of high quality and innovate food and it’s likely to hinder investment in animal production.
EFFAB encourages and asks the EU Commission, even considering this decision, to engage in a positive and constructive dialogue between scientists, food companies and consumers while building a legal and regulatory framework for safe animal innovation in Europe. A case by case analyse at European level for animal issued from new breeding techniques is necessary to help answer societal challenges for food production and this technology must continue to be a help in the future to nourish Europe in a healthier, safe and sustainable way, with European Innovation.
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Press release: PROHEALTH to Present Sustainable Solutions for Broiler Health at VIV Europe 2018
WAGENINGEN, Netherlands (June 11, 2018) – Smart ideas for sustainable poultry disease management will be featured in a special PROHEALTH workshop at VIV Europe 2018, to be held 20-22 June in Utrecht, Netherlands. Read the full press release here
Hans Stålhammar elected as new member of the FABRE-TP board
During the annual general meeting of EFFAB and FABRE in Vienna on May 22nd, Hans Stålhammar was elected as new member of the FABRE-TP board. Hans is currently working as sire analyst in VikingGenetics, he took over Inga Schiefler's place in the FABRE-TP board.
Ana Granados new director of EFFAB and general secretary of FABRE
Ana Granados Chapatte will become the new director of EFFAB. Ana will join EFFAB on June 1st, 2018 and take over the responsibilities from the current director Jan Venneman per July 1st, 2018. At the same time Ana will also become General Secretary of FABRE TP, which is the Technological Platform for the farm animal breeding and reproduction sector.
Ana Granados is 43 years, Spanish, married with 3 children and lives in Namur (Belgium). Ana was educated at the Polytechnic University of Madrid as agronomist in animal production. After her study she worked for the Belgium cattle breeding organisation AWE for 12 years, the first 4 years as researcher and the last 8 years as head of the bovine semen production laboratory and quality manager. Since 2012 Ana works as animal production advisor for the Walloon Farmers Union. This is the farmers union in the French speaking part of Belgium. Read the full press release here.
Newest member of FABRE TP: The university of Milan
We are very pleased to announce that we have a new member, UNIMI, the university of Milan. The university of Milan is a public teaching and research university, which - with 8 faculties and 2 schools and a teaching staff of more than 2000 professors - is distinguished by its wide variety of disciplinary fields. The university of Milan plays a major role in promoting sciences at international level. With its consistent commitment to both basic and apllied research, their university is a leader in research and scientific productivity. They obtained the 1st place in Italy and the 7th in Europe on The Leiden Ranking.
Three new members join FABRE TP:
Luke, INIAV and the university of Stirling
We are very happy to announce our three newest members;
Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research and expert organization with expertise in renewable natural resources and sustainable food production. Luke provides innovative solutions for new business opportunities based on natural resources. Their strengths are in sustainable production and use of natural resources and thorough knowledge of bio-based raw materials. Luke currently has 715 on-going research projects, including 50 international EU projects.
The National Institute for Agricultural Research and Veterinary Science (INIAV) is the State Laboratory of competence area of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development, which develops research activities in the agricultural and veterinary fields. INIAV holds the National Laboratories of Reference for animal diseases , for food security and for the diseases and pests of plants. INIAV also assumes a central role in the promotion and preservation of national genetic resources in animal and plant areas through the creation and maintenance of living collections and national germplasm banks.
The university of Stirling has an established reputation as an institution that contributes innovative research that is relevant to the social, economic and cultural needs of society. Working with academic, commercial, public, private and voluntary sector partners, Stirling is one of the UK’s leading research universities in the fields of health and wellbeing, the environment and people, culture and society, enterprise and the economy, and sport. Stirling received an outstanding performance in the Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science category, ranked 4th in the UK for its research.
Two new members join FABRE TP: Teagasc and the Justus Liebig University Giessen
We are very pleased to welcome two new members to FABRE TP. Teagasc is the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland. Its mission is to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and the broader bioeconomy that will underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability. The Justus Liebig University Giessen is a large public research university in Giessen, Hesse, Germany. The university was founded in 1607. JLU’s strong contributions to research and teaching, its cultural program, and its status as an important wealth-creating institution make the University an influential presence in Giessen and, indeed, in the wider area of Central Hesse.
CRAG and the University of Göttingen joined FABRE TP
The list of FABRE TP members keeps growing; we are very pleased to welcome CRAG and the University of Göttingen. The Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) is an independent organization established as a Consortium of four main research institutions: the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA), Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), and University of Barcelona (UB). CRAG strives to translate the results of its research into benefits for society. Founded in 1737, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is a research university of international renown with strong focuses in research-led teaching. The university perceives itself as a font of innovation to enrich all spheres of life, regarding it as its task to collaborate with other scientific institutions in research and teaching.
NARIC ATK new member of FABRE TP
NARIC Research Institute for Animal breeding, Nutrition and Meat Science (ATK) has joined FABRE TP on their list of knowledge institute members. the predecessor of ATK, the Royal Experimental Station for Animal Physiology and Nutrition was established in 1896 by the Ministry of Agriculture. In 1949 it became the Research Institute for Animal Breeding and from 2014 joined NARIC. ATK has a significant role in the Hungarian breeding and nutrition research. Besides that, ATK has world-wide international collaborations. Most of these are located in Europe and in Far Eastern countries in the frame of different EU and bilateral programs or other international projects.
FLI joins FABRE TP
FLI is our 20th knowledge institute member and we are very pleased that this number is still growing. The work of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI) focusses on farm animal health and welfare and on the protection of humans from zoonoses. The FLI does basic and applied research in different scientific fields.
Piacenza new member of FABRE TP
Piacenza Campus of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore has joined the FABRE TP memberslist. We are very happy to welcome this new member.
4th Livestock Genomics Conference
September 21–22, 2018 in Hinxton, UK
The 4th Livestock Genomics Conference will be held on 21st-22nd September 2018 at the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre in Hinxton (near Cambridge UK). Registration deadline 1st September 2018. For more information please visit the website.
26th Animal Science Days Conference
September 26-28, 2018 in Smolenice, Slovakia
The 26th ASD annual meeting will be held from 26th to 28th September 2018 in Smolenice, Slovakia. This exciting meeting will cover broad topics out of animal science such as new approaches in animal production, animal nutrition and food hygiene, production systems for sustainable animal production, use of genomics in animal breeding. For more information please visit the website.
7th All Africa Conference in Animal Agriculture
October 15t–19, 2018 in Accra, Ghana
The overall objective of the conference is to provide an opportunity for scientists and the broader stakeholders in the animal agriculture sector to discuss the potential role of innovation in animal agriculture to improve the livelihoods of Africans. The broad objective of the conference will be met through discussions of a series of papers, organized under sub-themes, to answer the broader question: How can Africa organize herself to address challenges and, at the same time, take advantage of opportunities presented by a globalizing world?, Specifically, what are the technical and institutional innovations from the global North and South, which Africa can take advantage of, and the best mechanism through which such approach could be achieved. For more information please visit the website
41st Argentine Congress of Animal Production
October 16-19, 2018 in Mar del Plata, Argentina
The 41st Argentine Congress of Animal Production will be organized by AAPA. The congress will focus on key-questions such as "How can the animal production sector sustainably satisfy the food demand", What should the professional profile be in the future - specialist or generalist?", "What are the future challenges and tools for improving efficiency". Thematic sessions cover animal feeding and nutrtition, pasture production and utilization, genetics and animal breeding, animal production and fertility, animal production systems, animal health, technology of livestock products, agricultural edcuation For further information please visit the website.
29th European AI VETS-Meeting
October 18-19, 2018 in Lucerne, Switzerland
The annual AIVETS Meeting is the exchange platform for more than 100 specialists working in in the field of artificial insemination in livestock. The conference is organized under the supervision of the RepVet group, an advisory group of EFFAB and is hosted every year in a different European country. The meeting will take place on Oct 18th – 19th 2018. Additionally, touristic activities are planned for the afternoon of Friday, Oct 19th and excursions to the facilities of Swissgenetics and SUISAG will be offered on Saturday Oct 20th. An 'Early Bird Fee' is offered till July 31st.
For more information visit the AI VETS website.
10th International Animal Science Conference
October 25-27, 2018 in Antalya, Turkey
The main theme of the congress is on "perception management for animal products". Animal agriculture is extremely important in terms of gaining healthy, strength and ingenious generations, all stages will be discussed during thin congress, from production to consumption. The aim is to present reliable and accurate information in the solution of the problems and the success of their studies by bringing together scientists, stakeholders of animal production, industry professionals, journalists, media members, non-governmental organizations and consumers. For more information and registration please visit the website.
35th ADSA Discover Conference on Food Animal Agriculture
'Effects of Stress on Health and Production in Dairy Cows'
October 29-November 1, 2018 in Itasca, Illinois
There is an increasing recognition within the animal and dairy science community of the complex and dynamic response to stress and the role of immune response in animal productivity and well-being. Obvious instances of infection include mastitis and metritis, but more inconspicuous examples of immunoactivation include weaning, the periparturient period, heat stress, rumen and hindgut acidosis, and psychological/emotional stress. Recent evidence suggests that immune system activation reprioritizes nutrient partitioning away from important production and reproductive phenotypes, and this highlights its enormous economic implications. Consequently, there is large interest by the allied industry (both feed supplement and pharmaceutical) to identify target molecules and strategies to ameliorate immune-system-mediated production losses. Rather than focusing on the basics of immunology, this 35th Discover Conference will concentrate on the activators and consequences of immune activation. For more information and registration please visit the website.
Advanced aquaculture breeding training workshop
November 6-8, 2018 in Montpellier, France
Selective breeding in aquaculture is changing very rapidly. They move from simple selection for production traits like growth to selection for traits, which are more difficult to approach, e.g. disease resistance, fillet percentage and feed efficiency. Genomic resources are developed for more European species, which can be used for e.g. gene mapping and genomic selection. This new information requires improved designs of European aquaculture breeding programmes. In this aquaculture breeding training workshop, results will be presented from the EU funded FISHBOOST project on advances in these topics and the economics of breeding programmes. Target groups are teachers and researchers in genetics and breeding, and others with basic knowledge of the principles of selective breeding. The training will finish off with a technical visit to the Ifremer experimental platform located in Palavas-les-Flots. For more information please visit the website.
7th International Symposium on Animal Functional Genomics in conjunction with a special Functional Annotation of Animal Genomes (FAANG) Workshop
November 12-15, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia
The 2018 ISAFG conference will be held over 2 and a half days and will include an exciting blend of plenary sessions, invited poster presentations and industry workshops of interest to animal geneticists and scientists from around the world. Plenary sessions will reflect a wide variety of important and topical areas in animal genomic research. The Symposium will be followed by a one day FAANG workshop and an associated one and half day bioinformatics short course. All of which will provide an active forum for scientific discussion, networking and interaction. For more information, deadlines and registration please visit the website.
EuroTier - The world's leading trade fair for animal production
November 13-16, 2018 in Hanover, Germany
SAPHIR and Feed-a-Gene will hold a stand and organize a workshop at EuroTier, the world's leading trade fair for animal production, from 13-16th of November 2018 in Hanover, Germany. It is a great opportunity for knowledge exchange to a wide group of stakeholders, targeting pig, poultry and cattle producers and breeders.
The workshop will be held from 9:00-13:00 on Wednesday 14th of November.
For more information about the event keep an eye on the SAPHIR website.
PROHEALTH Industry workshops and Scientific Symposium
November 27-28, 2018 in Ghent, Belgium
The final meeting of EU project PROHEALTH will take place from 27-28 November in Ghent. During this event, project outcomes and their relevance to wider stakeholders are presented.
More information can be found on the PROHEALTH website.
1st International Conference on Animal Genetic Resources Conservation in Africa and Asia
November 27-29, 2018 in Alexandria, Egypt
The 1st International Conference on Animal Genetic Resources Conservation in Africa and Asia will be held in November 27th-28th 2018 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. The conference main theme will be: “Towards a rational conservation strategy for animal genetic resources for food and agriculture in Africa and Asia”. More information will follow soon.
17th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals
June 27-29, 2019 in Bern, Switzerland
The ICPD conference is a traditional scientific conference dedicated to current topics related to farm animal diseases that are related to the respective animal farming systems. The conference has the overall goal to contribute to healthy and sustainable animal derived food production by optimizing farm animal health and welfare and simultaneously minimizing the use of antimicrobials. Presentations from expert scientists from all over the world will cover fields of animal husbandry, physiology, genetics, nutrition, welfare, and herd health management, as well the interactions among these disciplines. Species will include ruminants, swine, and poultry. For more information please visit the website.
70th EAAP Annual Meeting (EAAP 2019)
August 26t–30, 2019 in Ghent, Belgium
The main theme of the meeting is ‘Animal farming for a healthy world’ and deals with topics such as resource efficiency, animal welfare, diversification, agro-ecology, climate change and product quality. The program covers various disciplines such as animal genetics, animal health and welfare, animal nutrition, animal physiology, livestock farming systems, cattle, horse, pig, sheep and goat production, precision livestock farming and insects. Since the very first EAAP meeting in 1955 (in Brussels, Belgium) the Annual Meeting has hosted scientists and experts from the field of animal science from Europe and around the globe. The EAAP Congress provides a platform for scientists and industry experts to meet and acquire new knowledge and to exchange experiences about the latest research results from many areas of animal science. The Annual Meeting gives an opportunity for the application of new ideas in practice through many parallel sessions, a plenary meeting, poster presentations, and discussions about scientific achievements in livestock production. All these activities make the EAAP one of the largest animal science congresses in the world. More information about the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) and its activities can be found at www.eaap.org
International Symposium on Ruminant Physiology
September 3-6, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany
ISRP is the major international conference on ruminant physiology. It provides an overview of current, important scientific findings and areas of research in the physiology of ruminants of all kinds. The ISRP will take place from 3 - 6 September 2019 in the fabulous Kongreshalle am Zoo Leipzig. The deadline for the abstract submission is 31 March 2019. For more information please visit the website.