GenTORE is a H2020 project running from first of June 2017 to 31st of May 2022.
21 Partners: 5 industry, 10 research, 4 organisation, 2 organic farming, 1 management
Project coordinator: Nicolas Friggens, INRA AgroParis tech
Project manager: Agathe Renard, INRA Transfert
This new five-year EU project is now underway following its kick off meeting in Paris in June. It will develop innovative genome-enabled selection and management tools to enable farmers to optimize the tricky balance between cattle resilience and efficiency (R&E) in a range of different and changing environments. Precision phenotyping is a core activity and will offer farmers a revolutionary approach to select the best animals for their system.
In today’s modern animal agriculture there is an increasing need to balance resilience and efficiency. Animals need to be more resilient because their nutritional needs differ under different production systems and grazing environments. They also need an ability to recover from challenges like diseases which can vary across environments and farm systems. Although the importance of balancing resilience and efficiency for production purposes is clear, the problem is that it’s still difficult to measure relevant factors on research farms, and almost impossible to measure under commercial conditions. This limits the ability for animal breeders to select for resilience and efficiency and farmers to assess and manage their livestock for an optimal balance under their system.
GenTORE will have an immediate impact at farm level:
GenTORE – Inclusive Stakeholder Involvement from the Start
GenTORE embraces a multi-actor approach across 15 countries with half the 21 Consortium members from industry including breeding associations, trans-national organizations, farm management and veterinary advisory services and farm technology companies.
This includes such stakeholders directly engaged with GenTORE from the start and those keen to be recipients of new technologies and data.
The inclusion of stakeholders from the beginning of the project is a major plus as it will bring in many more ideas and views and mean all outputs will be fit for purpose and be immediately relevant to what is happening in daily practice on beef and dairy farms. They will also be more user-friendly and adopted rapidly and seamlessly by farmers and breeders and used long-term.
There will be to 6 research work packages and outreach, dissemination and training are a vital component throughout.
Research results that translate into on- farm tools will look at a number of areas including:
The tools developed by GenTORE will be practical and applicable across multiple cattle breeds (beef, milk and dual purpose) and systems (conventional and organic). They will help increase the economic, environmental and social sustainability of European cattle production systems for meat and milk.
Techniques will include:
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WP7 Outreach, dissemination and training
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