New office/project assistant
Welcome to our new office/project assistant! We are very excited to work together with Charlotte and we are positive that she is an asset to EFFAB. With her background in Animal Science and her enthusiasm about topics related to animal breeding an reproduction she enriches the team.
EFFAB TEAM SPIRIT IS RISING
On 11.12.2018, the EFFAB staff gathered for a half-day of team-building activities. The first activity was a workout provided by Tom Budding - owner of Fitcamp Renkum. Here, collective efforts in so-called buddy-workouts, were needed to complete a number of exercises. Afterwards, the EFFAB team saved the world playing a cooperative board game where the team needed to think of strategies to battle four infectious diseases. All in all a very successful day where our social relations were enhanced, and I am confident to say “EFFAB team spirit is rising”.
Tessa Brinker – office manager/project assistant EFFAB
New memberships of EFFAB and FABRE TP in European councils and associations
Tessa Brinker new Industry Representative in EAAP Genetics commission.
During the annual EAAP conference 2018 in Dubrovnik, Tessa Brinker was nominated by the EAAP Genetics commission to become their new Industry Representative. Tessa’s general knowledge on genetics and her current role at EFFAB and FABRE TP made her very suited for this role. The commission on Animal Genetics addresses all questions regarding the genetic mechanisms underlying performance, phenotype and behavior of farm animals, and also all aspects of how these trait complexes can be modified through means of breeding. The genetic sessions that the commission organizes each EAAP conference are generally well attended.
For information about the EAAP commission on Animal Genetics click here.
EFFAB new member of AAC (Aquaculture Advisory Council)
EFFAB was accepted as new member of AAC during their annual meeting on 13th of September 2018. The AAC is a balanced stakeholder representative organization created for consultation on elements of Union policies which could affect aquaculture under Articles 34 and 44 of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013. For more information about AAC click here.
Final Infographic Methagene
Check it out - we wrapped up this project and these are the outcomes:
Press release ECJ C-528/16 Mutagenesis
Animal breeders continue to advocate the responsible use of breeding technologies despite the ruling C-528/16 of the European Court of Justice
The European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders (EFFAB) is aware of NGO´s and consumers´ concerns about GMO, gene editing (GE) or genome manipulation. Animal breeders don’t use GE to introduce genetic material from another species in the genome of animals, but intend to spread interesting characteristics and to accelerate processes that occur naturally through breeding over many generations and without introducing foreign genes.
EFFAB considers that the decision stating that organisms obtained by mutagenesis are GMO is a missed opportunity for Europe to continue to be a competitive producer of high quality and innovate food and it’s likely to hinder investment in animal production.
EFFAB encourages and asks the EU Commission, even considering this decision, to engage in a positive and constructive dialogue between scientists, food companies and consumers while building a legal and regulatory framework for safe animal innovation in Europe. A case by case analyse at European level for animal issued from new breeding techniques is necessary to help answer societal challenges for food production and this technology must continue to be a help in the future to nourish Europe in a healthier, safe and sustainable way, with European Innovation.
Download the PDF file below to read the whole press release:
Craig Lewis new chairman of EFFAB
At the Annual General Meeting of EFFAB in Vienna, Craig Lewis was appointed as the new Chairman of the Steering Committee of EFFAB. Craig is the successor of Xavier David, who resigned from the chair on February 5th, 2018.
Craig Lewis is Steering Committee member since 2915. Currently he is Genetic Services Manager for Genus PIC. As such he is based in Barcelona. In the Steering Committee Craig represents the pig breeding industry. Read the full press release here.
Press release: PROHEALTH to Present Sustainable Solutions for Broiler Health at VIV Europe 2018
WAGENINGEN, Netherlands (June 11, 2018) – Smart ideas for sustainable poultry disease management will be featured in a special PROHEALTH workshop at VIV Europe 2018, to be held 20-22 June in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Read the full press release here
Ana Granados new director of EFFAB
Ana Granados Chapatte will become the new director of EFFAB. Ana will join EFFAB on June 1st, 2018 and take over the responsibilities from the current director Jan Venneman per July 1st, 2018. At the same time Ana will also become General Secretary of FABRE TP, which is the Technological Platform for the farm animal breeding and reproduction sector.
Ana Granados is 43 years, Spanish, married with 3 children and lives in Namur (Belgium). Ana was educated at the Polytechnic University of Madrid as agronomist in animal production. After her study she worked for the Belgium cattle breeding organisation AWE for 12 years, the first 4 years as researcher and the last 8 years as head of the bovine semen production laboratory and quality manager. Since 2012 Ana works as animal production advisor for the Walloon Farmers Union. This is the farmers union in the French speaking part of Belgium. Read the full press release here.
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 & Project Assistant (8-16 hrs a week)
Pig breeders round table
April 29-30, 2019, University of Kent, Canterbury
Pig Breeders Round Table is a small, friendly bi-annual meeting with interesting science and stimulating discussion held in a beautiful location. University of Kent is set in 450 acres of parkland overlooking the historic city of Canterbury and its famous cathedral. It is relevant to international pig research and the industry worldwide and attracts many delegates from all over Europe, North America and beyond. Over the past 30+ years this meeting has built up an enviable reputation as one of the best and friendliest international meetings in livestock genetics. The scientific programme as usual will be composed of contributions from those attending the meeting. The meeting gives an excellent opportunity to present and discuss new results with an informed and interested audience. We are particularly keen for suggestions/offers of topics to be included, and we welcome offers of contributed papers (No abstract or paper is required, you can simply indicate your interest in presenting during the online registration process). For more information please visit the website
Animal Genetics and Diseases conference
May 08-10, 2019, Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
This year’s meeting will put the spotlight on the immune response of host animals, epidemiology, and also cover the genetics and genomics of pathogens and the impact of animal-human relationships.
Deadlines: Early bird: 12 February, Bursary: 26 February, Abstract: 12 March, Registration: 9 April. For more information please visit the website
EFFAB and FABRE TP Annual General Meetings
May 15-16, 2019, University College Dublin, Ireland
The AGM is the annual opportunity to meet EFFAB staff and colleagues and to share topics and concerns to better defend the sector and build new projects. More information will follow soon.
17th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals
June 27-29, 2019 in Bern, Switzerland
The ICPD conference is a traditional scientific conference dedicated to current topics related to farm animal diseases that are related to the respective animal farming systems. The conference has the overall goal to contribute to healthy and sustainable animal derived food production by optimizing farm animal health and welfare and simultaneously minimizing the use of antimicrobials. Presentations from expert scientists from all over the world will cover fields of animal husbandry, physiology, genetics, nutrition, welfare, and herd health management, as well the interactions among these disciplines. Species will include ruminants, swine, and poultry. For more information please visit the website.
37th International Society for Animal Genetics Conference
7-12 July, 2019 in Lleida, Spain
The Conference will be hosted by the University of Lleida. It will be an excellent opportunity to bring together outstanding scientists, policy makers, professionals and students from interdisciplinary animal genetics fields to share the latest developments, meet old friends and form new partnerships. For more information please visit the website
70th EAAP Annual Meeting (EAAP 2019)
August 26t–30, 2019 in Ghent, Belgium
The main theme of the meeting is ‘Animal farming for a healthy world’ and deals with topics such as resource efficiency, animal welfare, diversification, agro-ecology, climate change and product quality. The program covers various disciplines such as animal genetics, animal health and welfare, animal nutrition, animal physiology, livestock farming systems, cattle, horse, pig, sheep and goat production, precision livestock farming and insects. Since the very first EAAP meeting in 1955 (in Brussels, Belgium) the Annual Meeting has hosted scientists and experts from the field of animal science from Europe and around the globe. The EAAP Congress provides a platform for scientists and industry experts to meet and acquire new knowledge and to exchange experiences about the latest research results from many areas of animal science. The Annual Meeting gives an opportunity for the application of new ideas in practice through many parallel sessions, a plenary meeting, poster presentations, and discussions about scientific achievements in livestock production. All these activities make the EAAP one of the largest animal science congresses in the world. More information about the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) and its activities can be found at www.eaap.org
International Symposium on Ruminant Physiology
September 3-6, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany
ISRP is the major international conference on ruminant physiology. It provides an overview of current, important scientific findings and areas of research in the physiology of ruminants of all kinds. The ISRP will take place from 3 - 6 September 2019 in the fabulous Kongreshalle am Zoo Leipzig. The deadline for the abstract submission is 31 March 2019. For more information please visit the website.
A Century of Genetics
November 13-15, 2019, in Edinburgh, Scotland
2019 is coincidentally the centenary of both the Genetics Society and the origins of the Roslin Institute and the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh. A joint scientific celebratory meeting will be held from 13-15th November 2019, Edinburgh. For more information please visit the website