Organisation of farm animal breeding in europe
Organisation of farm animal breeding in Europe
Farm animal breeding is organised on different levels: local, regional, national, international. The number and size of organisations differs per specie; ruminant organisations are fully present and cooperation is important, this is less in pig breeding, but not as little as in poultry and fish farming, where there are relatively few breeding organisations. Most of the organisations are SMEs. Cooperation or specialisation have proven to be effectively in the breeding sector, while taking into account the latest scientific developments, using powerful computing systems and sophisticated estimation programmes, maintaining huge pedigrees of animals with their performance and biodiversity, and exploiting reproductive technologies.
The European animal breeding and reproduction industry is represented in EFFAB, the European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders. EFFAB promotes the interests of the breeding industry at European level.