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.
International Scientific-Expert Conference on the Preservation of Animal Genetic Resources
October 25-27, 2017 in Osijek, Croatia
This conferences focuses on the analysis of the existing indigenous breeds of domestic animals and wildlife populations from all aspects of preservation. There is the possibility for verbal presentations, presentations via posters and/or the presentation of your institution/company.
The conference will consist of the following sections:
For more information please read the first notification of the conference.
ATF-EAAP Special Session: Food integrity in the food chain:
How can the animal production sector contribute?
October 26, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium
During this seminar on food trust in the food chain, the Animal Task Force would like to engage a dialogue between farmers, industries, stakeholders from the primary sector and from the food chain, along with decision makers, scientists and citizens to provide input for public policies and contribute to dialogue and communication in order to support the construction of animal derived food integrity.
The programma is now available.
Participation is free, registrate by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
IDF World Dairy Summit
October 29th - November 3th, 2017, in Belfast, United Kingdom
Wide-ranging and engaging, the IDF World Dairy Summit 2017 programme will provide a comprehensive examination of all the major issues making a difference to the world of dairy, as well as insights into how delegates can, in turn, make a difference to the sector’s future.
The conference opens on Monday 30th October with the World Dairy Political/Agricultural Leaders Forum. This brand new Forum will provide a platform for the political and agricultural leaders that will shape the sector’s operating environment. This will be followed by the World Dairy Leaders Forum which will see senior company leaders discuss their vision for the sector’s future. The IDF will then showcase its work in the IDF Forum in the afternoon.
For more information please visit the IDFWDS 2017 website
11th UIA Associations Round Table
November 10, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium
The UIA Associations Round Table is an opportunity to learn through networking and through practice by meeting representatives of other international associations and share experience and knowledge and to gain practical skills and tools to help you do your work better.
For more information visit: the Round Table website
Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Infoweek
November 14-17, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium
The Research Executive Agency (REA), the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) and the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) of the European Commission are co-organising an Info Week on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 (SC2) ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’.
The usual Societal Challenge 2 Info Day on the new Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020 (we expect the WP 2018-2020 to be published end of October) and the related brokerage event organised by BIOHORIZON will form the first part of the week. The second part will consist of three high-level policy events presenting the latest evolutions in the broader EU policy context related to Societal challenge 2 activities and how it relates with activities under Horizon 2020.
The event will also feature a Bioeconomy village highlighting first-class Horizon 2020 projects and initiatives on bioeconomy. For more information and the preliminary programme please visit the website of the European Commission.
13th African Dairy Conference & Exhibition
November 15-17, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa
The three-day conference will have six topical sessions from strategic information on the world and continental dairy industry outlook, trends, future projections, practices, opportunities and challenges to policy issues impacting on dairy industry development, trade and competitiveness and sustainability, and technical issues of interest to players along the value chain. 13th AfDa provides a platform to exclusively launch your latest/new products & demonstrations to key stakeholders across the entire dairy industry value chain. Network and meet face to face with industry leaders from around the world.
For more information please visit: the AfDa 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.
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.