New Office Manager at EFFAB
Tessa Brinker started working at EFFAB on Monday September 20th, she is the successor of Miriam van Straten, who left EFFAB at the end of June.
Tessa will act as the new Office Manager and Project Assistant. Since she is still finishing her PhD at the moment she will be working for two days a week untill mid-November. As of mid-November, Tessa will work 4 days a week.
For the moment, the secretariat has the following composition:
Cagla Kaya: Project Manager (28 hrs a week)
Tessa Brinker: Office Manager and Project Assistant (16 – 32 hrs a week)
Suzanne de Roo: Project Assistant (16 hrs a week till Mid – November)
Mirjam Spoelstra: Office Assistant (8-16 hrs a week)
Press Release Code-EFABAR
On the 21st of August, Code-EFABAR published a press release, presenting the newest Code-EFABAR update 2017. Visit www.responsiblebreeding.eu for more information
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.
XXVI Conference International Plant & Animal Genome
January 13-17, 2018 in San Diego, CA, USA
The Plant and Animal Genome XXVI Conference (PAG) is designed to provide a forum on recent developments and future plans for plant and animal genome projects. Consisting of technical presentations, poster sessions, exhibits and workshops, the conference is an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and applications on this internationally important project. The main topics to be targeted at the workshops include genetic diversity, genetic diseases, comparative genomics, genome assembly, and functional genomics. For more information please visit the conference website.
Annual Conference ICAR: The global standard for livestock data
February 7-11, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand
This year the ICAR Annual Conference will be combined with the Interbull Annual Meeting and the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP), bringing together the leading scientists in animal recording, measurements and genetic evaluation from all over the world.
New Zealand is the home of many of the foundations of genetic evaluation, animal measurement and recording and continues to be at the forefront of technology development for dairy, sheep, beef, goat, aquaculture, and sheep milking operations. Make your stay a memorable one by taking in the full sights of New Zealand's breathtaking scenery combined with attending both ICAR/Interbull and WCGALP.
The aim of both ICAR and WCGALP is to provide opportunities for practitioners, teachers, researchers, and scientists to present their work to their international colleagues. Papers can be submitted until the 4th of December 2017.
For more information please visit the ICAR Conference website.
The 11th World Congress on Genetics applies to Livestock Production
February 11-16, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand
This congress is the premier event for researchers and professionals involved in the genetic improvement of livestock. Delegates from around the world gather every four years to attend the scientific program and to network with colleagues.
This year the World Congress on Genetics Applies to Livestock Production will be combined with the ICAR Annual Conference which will be held at the same venue in Auckland 7-11 February 2018.
In 2018, the Interbull Annual Meeting will be held as part of the ICAR and WCGALP meeting, which will ensure again that there will be joint WCGALP-Interbull sessions. The aim of both ICAR and WCGALP is to provide opportunities for practitioners, teachers, researchers, and scientists to present their work to their international colleagues.
The deadline for submission of papers lasts until September 30th.
For more information please visit the WCGALP website.
Agro Animal Show Ukraine 2018
February 21-23, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine
This international exhibition for Animal Husbandry & Processing of Grain, Vegetables & Fruits is the most important trade show for Ukraine's livestock, grain processing, and fruit and vegetables sectors. The last edition in 2017 brought together 500 companies from 23 different countries, presenting these sectors. A total of 15,000 business professionals visited the exhibition. The highlights this year will again be the official national pavillions of France, Germany and the Netherlands. For more information please visit the website.
Congress on Controversies in Bovine Health, Industry & Economics (BovineC)
February 25-27, 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel
This congress is a unique meeting where controversial topics in bovine health, industry and economics will be discussed between veterinaries, scientists and farmers. Abstract submission deadline: October 3, 2017. For more information please visit the congress website.
12th World Conference on Animal Production (WCAP)
July 5-8, 2018 at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
The 2018 WCAP meeting is split into 6 sections:
Abstracts may be submitted online, the deadline for submission is Monday, March 26, 2018. For more information please visit the website.
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.