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.
Vacancy: The Animal Task Force is looking for an assistant to the Secretary General
Assistance to the secretary general of Animal Task Force, based in Paris, including organisation of events and meetings.
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.
Athlone, Gembloux and BOKU University new members of FABRE TP
We are very pleased to announce our three newest members; Athlone Institute of Technology, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech the University of Liège and BOKU the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences. Athlone is a higher education institution in the midlands of Ireland, established in 1970. Gembloux the University of Liège focusses research on agriculture and bioscience engineering, they exist for over 150 years now. BOKU University is located in Wien, Austria. BOKU commits itself to international performance in research and teaching, cooperation on regional, national and international levels, and to receptiveness to new developments.
the University of Bologna, the University of Evora and Istituto Spallanzani joined FABRE TP
We are very happy to announce that FABFRE TP has three new members.
The university of Bologna is considered to be the oldest university in the Western world and still functions as a keyplayer, research to them is a fundamental lever for competitiveness and employment. One of the aims of the university of Evora, located in Portugal, is to produce knowledge through scientific and artistic research, experimentation and technological and humanistic development. The Italian Experimental Instituto Lazzaro Spallanzani is a private law institution since 1941. They are engaged in the research and services primarily in the field of reproductive biotechnology. The Italian Experimental Institute Lazzaro Spallanzani is a private law institution, legally recognized by Royal Decree 29 November 1941, engaged in the research and services primarily in the field of reproductive biotechnology, aimed at animal selection.
SRUC, KUL and NMBU are now members of FABRE TP
Scotland's rural college, the catholic university of Leuven and the Norwegian univeristy of life sciences recently joined FABRE TP.
SRUC consists of four respected partners who merged to become Scotland's rural college; Barony, Elmwood, Oadridge Colleges and SAC.
They are committed to excellence in the advancement, communication and translation of knowledge throughout the rural sector. KU Leuven, situated in Belgium, was founded in 1425. The university is internationally oriented and carries out both fundamental and applied research. It is strongly inter- and multidisciplinary in focus and strives for international excellence. The mission of NMBU is to contribute to the well-being of the planet. Their interdisciplinary research generates innovations in food, health, environmental protection, climate and sustainable use of natural resources.
The future of FABRE TP
FABRE TP was launched in 2006 and is an EU recognised Technology Platform. The platform was successfull in increasing the research and innovation capacity and initiating actions. Due to circumstances (lack of human resources) the quantity of activities of FABRE TP in 2014 was less than aimed, it also became clear that the financial structure was not sustainable. For this reason it was decided to reactivate and to reconstruct FABRE TP. The Board of FABRE TP developed a new Mission Statement, Internal Rules and an action Plan 2015.
As of 2015 participation in FABRE TP will be based on membership. As of 01-01-2016 newsletters will only be sent to members and supporting members. A part of the website of FABRE TP will still be open for everybody who is interested, but the closed part will only be open for members and supporting members. Maybe your institute is already member or has already applied for membership. But if not, do not hesitate to contact us and apply for membership. It will increase the strengths of the farm animal breeding and reproduction sector in the European research arena.
Read more about the future of FABRE TP
IRTA and UPV became members of FABRE TP
IRTA and the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV) joined FABRE TP. UPV is located in Valencia and is a young institute, dating from the early '70s. IRTA is based in Catalonia and contributes to modernising, improving, boosting competitiveness, and fostering sustainable development in the sectors of agriculture, food, agroforestry, aquaculture, and fishing, as well as in all areas of activity directly or indirectly related to the supply of healthy, high-quality foodstuffs to end consumers, while also contributing to food safety and safe processing of foodstuffs and in general enhancing the health and well-being of the population.
Horizon magazine publishes article 'Better fish for farms'
Tweaking breeding methods could allow European fish farming - or aquaculture - to produce more efficiently. FISHBOOST, an EU-funded project, is studying how hi-tech breeding techniques can promote disease resistance and fast, efficient growth in six commonly farmed fish species, improving fish welfare, impacts on wildlife and farm productivity.
Many of the project partners are part of the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATIP) and the Farm Animal Breeding and Reproduction Technology Platform (FABRE TP).
FABRE TP is necessary for the animal breeding and reproduction sector in Europe
The FABRE TP Board concluded unanimously that FABRE TP is necessary for the future of the animal breeding and reproduction sector. The Board gathered in March 2015 in Amsterdam to discuss the future of the platform. Changes in European funding policies and the unequal financial system of the platform requested a revision of FABRE TP and also the overall need was discussed. They concluded that, due to the specific nature of the animal breeding and reproduction sector with its high level of innovation, a common structure is necessary to identify the research and innovation needs and organise the implementation of these. FABRE TP played already a major role in this and will do this even more in the future.
A new structure will be developed during 2015 and this will be
the new start of a vibrant FABRE TP.
FABRE TP on tour
Based on the Board's decision of March 2015 a structure was developed for FABRE TP. The FABRE TP secretariat is currently on tour through Europe to spread the news and to present membership opportunities. A large number of breeding and reproduction organisations, knowledge institutes and policy makers are being approached and visited by the FABRE TP General Secretary. The secretariat also attended and presented at a variety of European events related to animal breeding and reproduction, such as the Pig Breeders Round Table,
the ICAR Technical Workshop and the European Symposium on Poultry Genetics.
Would you like to schedule a visit by the General Secretary to
your organisation too? Please send an e-mail with your request
69th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science
August 27-31, 2018 in Dubrovnik, Croatia
The main topic of the 69th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science is ’Conventional and traditional livestock production systems – new challenges’ and it includes sustainability, animal welfare, agroecology and product quality. The programme contains various disciplines and the latest findings regarding farm animals such as genetics, nutrition, management, health, welfare and physiology of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, poultry and fur animals.
The meeting will be held in the Valamar Resort in Dubrovnik, one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, from 27th to 31st August 2018.
6th European Veterinary Immunology Workshop
September 5-7, 2018 in Utrecht, The Netherlands
The European Veterinary Immunology Group (EVIG) and the local organizing committee are hosting the 6th EVIW, EVIW2018 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Plenary and concurrent session topics include:
For more information please visit the EVIW2018 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.