Rep Vet Group of COPA-COGECA joins EFFAB
On October 27, 2016, the former Rep Vet Group of COPA COGECA decided to join the EFFAB family.
So far the Rep Vet Group – veterinarians from European AI companies in the cattle and pig sectors – was a sub group of the COPA-COGECA Working Party Breeding Livestock. Due to changes in the statutes of COPA-COGECA this situation could not be continued.
During the last months, the Group considered several options for the continuation of its work; being a Task Force of COPA-COGECA, acting as an independent Platform and being a Work Group within EFFAB.
At a meeting in Salzburg (annex to the AI Vets congress), the Group decided to join EFFAB. Within EFFAB the Group can continue its work – e.g. exchanging technical information, influencing the EU legislation regarding AI – as they did within COPA.
Considering that most of the members of the Group work for companies/associations already member of EFFAB, it seems a logical step to act within the EFFAB structure from now on. Some members of the Group work for companies, not member of EFFAB yet. EFFAB is offering them a transitional status and hopes that their companies will join EFFAB soon. The Chairman of the WP Breeding Livestock of COPA-COGECA will join the new WG within EFFAB as Advisor.
EFFAB will facilitate the biannual/ triannual meetings of the new WG and the annual AI Vets congress. The next AI congress will be organised in Spain.
PS The name of the Work Group within EFFAB might change in the near future in order to avoid confusion with the former Rep Vet Group within COPA
Code-EFABAR adoption by Cherry Valley and Allice
The European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders is very pleased to announce that Cherry Valley and Allice have adopted Code-EFABAR for 2014-2016.
EFFAB Annual General Meeting 2016
EFFAB organized its 21st Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 10, 2016 at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. The participation to the AGM was at the highest level with 21 representatives of 19 members (> 65 % participation).
The program of the meeting included the presentation of the Annual and Financial Reports, a policy update for 2015 and 2016, the work plan and budget for 2016, the adoption of new Internal Rules, the adoption of an adjusted Vision, Mission and Strategy, a proposal for the update of the Code EFABAR 2017-2019, a proposal for a Code EFABAR Plus for the poultry sector, a report about EU projects in which EFFAB is participating, and changes in the Steering Committee (SC).
Following the resignation of Gerard Albers (Hendrix Genetics), who has been in the EFFAB SC since 2008 and was Chairman for 7 years (2009-2016), John Vincent from Cobb Europe was elected as the new poultry representative and Xavier David (ALLICE) was elected as the new SC Chairman by the AGM. Xavier thanked Gerard full heartedly for his work and commitment to EFFAB during the many years he has been in the SC.
The first part of the Internal Rules was changed in the AGM since there is a need to have more clear criteria for membership. EFFAB would like to increase the number of its members with the joining of the potential members that fit to the general attitude of the organisation and are in favour of a level playing field within the EU and associated countries. Based on the Statutes of EFFAB potential members should declare to accept the Internal Rules and to support the Vision, Mission and Strategy.
It was also decided to adjust the existing Vision, Mission and Strategy document, which was adopted in 2011. During the last years EFFAB is focusing more on policy issues and is promoting the interests of the breeding and reproduction companies at the European level in regard to legislation. Thus, the new Vision, Mission and Strategy focuses on policy as well as on research and innovation, while the previous one was focusing more on research and innovation topics. The new Vision, Mission and Strategy reflects the way the organisation is developing.
The policy update covered some important topics regarding the breeding and reproduction legislation. Amongst them, the position paper of EFFAB regarding New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) is worth mentioning. The Paper is communicated with the European Commission, several members of the European Parliament (EP), with other Stakeholders and with the press. In general, the EP seems to be relatively positive about genome editing. On the other hand the lack of clearness about the legal status of NBTs from the European Commission (DG Sante) has influence on the attitude of other DG’s (AGRI and RTD). It seems to be quite difficult to get the topic on the EU research agenda.
Another important subject of the policy update was the finalisation of the Breeding Regulation. Most probably this new Regulation comes into force at the end of 2018 and companies in the ruminant and pig sector have to deal with it.
At the end of this year the implementing acts for the implementation of the 88/407 (cattle) and the 90/429 (pigs) in the Animal Health Law (AHL) are being drafted. EFFAB is promoting the interest of the AI organisations in the cattle and pig sectors in respect to the AHL.
It became also very clear that Genetic Resources is a very popular subject in Brussels. There are several different EU projects on this topic. The most important one is the Guidance document that will be developed for the animal sector in the framework of the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.
The decision to make an auditable version of Code EFABAR for the poultry companies was accepted and approved by the AGM. The first draft of the code which has the working title “Code EFABAR Plus” will be prepared in September and discussed by the poultry companies. In general, the SC hopes that a “Code EFABAR Plus” for the poultry sector will be an inspiration for other species.
EFFAB is now a partner in 6 EU funded projects and 1 cost action. IMAGE, Innovative Management of Genetic Resources, is a new project which started in March 2016. Its goal is to demonstrate the benefits brought by gene banks to the development of more sustainable livestock farming systems. A Dialogue Forum which will be set up with the participation of the stakeholders is also interesting for the breeding industry.
Code-EFABAR adoption by Aviagen, Aviagen Turkeys and Hubbard SAS
The European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders is proud to welcome three new members to the list of participating organisations of Code-EFABAR for 2014-2016; Aviagen, Aviagen Turkeys and Hubbard SAS.
Code-EFABAR adoption by Topigs Norsvin
The European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders congratulates Topigs Norsvin with its adoption of Code-EFABAR for 2014-2016.
Code-EFABAR adoption by Marine Harvest
The European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders is very pleased to announce that Marine Harvest has also adopted Code-EFABAR for 2014-2016.
ASR joins EFFAB:
The Association of Swiss Cattle Breeders (ASR) joins EFFAB.
22nd Congres of the Animal Science and Production Association (ASPA 2017)
June 13th – 16th, 2017 in Perugia, Italy
ASPA 2017 aims at promoting valuable scientific contents and knowledge exchange, combining the latest developments with the traditional aspects
of animal production and encouraging dialogue between participants with different backgrounds and experience, operating in the animal science
and production field. For further information on the programme, registrations and abstract submission, please visit ASPA 2017 website.
FEFAC/FEFANA/IFAH-Europe Joint Workshop
June 20th, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium
FEFAC (European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation), FEFANA (EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures), and IFAH-Europe (International Federation for Animal Health Europe) will hold a joint workshop on the theme “Animal nutrition and animal health: Key to the livelihood of EU livestock farming”, at the Copa-Cogeca premises. The workshop aims to increase understanding of the essential innovative solutions and services the animal nutrition and animal health industries deliver to ensure the livelihood and sustainability of the EU’s livestock farming community. The programme will focus on current societal challenges linked to livestock farming, such as antimicrobial resistance and One Health, animal health and welfare, as well environment protection and climate change.
ADSA Annual Meeting
June 25th – 28th, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA
The 2017 American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) Meeting will be held for the first time in many years separately from the ASAS conference.
For more information, please visit the conference website.
Smart Farming Conference
June 29, 2017, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands
On June 29, at the Smart Farming Conference in Venlo, 9 speakers (Aurea Imaging, Precision Makers, ARM, Wageningen University are only a few names) will address the latest hot topics in smart farming. For more information please visit: https://smartfarmingconference.com.
36th International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG) Conference
July 16th – 21st, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland
The 2017 ISAG Conference will provide an open and friendly forum for the sharing of knowledge between scientists and practitioners of animal genetics applied to economically important and domesticated species. The conference will comprise a series of plenary sessions, workshops organised by ISAG’s standing committees, poster presentations, and a series of networking events. For further information on the conference, registrations and submission of abstracts, please visit ISAG2017 website.
ISAE 2017 Satellite Meeting: "From beak to tail - mechanisms underlying damaging behaviour in laying hens and pigs"
August 7th, 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark
This full-day meeting will be held within the ISAE 2017 congress and will focus on two main themes: “Mechanisms underlying the link between health
and damaging behaviour” and “Predisposing factors for damaging behaviour during early development”. In addition, the meeting will include a networking session, with the aim to facilitate knowledge exchange and future cooperation between researchers working on damaging behaviour in pigs and poultry. For further information on the programme and venue, and on how to register, please see the “Beak to Tail” homepage.
63rd International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST 2017)
August 13th – 18th , 2017 in Cork, Ireland
The theme of the Congress will be how science can offer the meat production and processing sector solutions to enable it to nurture sustainably at local level while offering opportunities to grow
globally. The conference aims also to provide a dynamic interface between academic research and innovative applications, and represents an important opportunity for everyone in the field of meat science. For further information and registrations, please visit ICoMST 2017 website.
68th EAAP Annual Meeting (EAAP 2017)
August 28th – September 1st, 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia
The Organising and the Scientific Committees are delighted to announce that Estonia has been chosen as the venue for the 68th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science. The meeting will take place from August 28th to September 1st, 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia’s capital. The venue for the meeting will be Solaris Tallinn, located in the heart of Tallinn within walking distance from the city’s best hotels and most iconic sights. EAAP 2017 builds on the success of previous EAAP meetings, and it will provide an excellent opportunity for scientists working with a wide range of animal
species and in related disciplines to meet and discuss the latest developments in animal sciences. For further inforeaap2017.org/mation on the event, please visit EAAP 2017 website.