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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.
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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)
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.
4th Livestock Genomics Conference
September 21–22, 2018 in Hinxton, UK
The 4th Livestock Genomics Conference will be held on 21st-22nd September 2018 at the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre in Hinxton (near Cambridge UK). Registration deadline 1st September 2018. For more information please visit the website.
26th Animal Science Days Conference
September 26-28, 2018 in Smolenice, Slovakia
The 26th ASD annual meeting will be held from 26th to 28th September 2018 in Smolenice, Slovakia. This exciting meeting will cover broad topics out of animal science such as new approaches in animal production, animal nutrition and food hygiene, production systems for sustainable animal production, use of genomics in animal breeding. For more information please visit the website.
7th All Africa Conference in Animal Agriculture
October 15t–19, 2018 in Accra, Ghana
The overall objective of the conference is to provide an opportunity for scientists and the broader stakeholders in the animal agriculture sector to discuss the potential role of innovation in animal agriculture to improve the livelihoods of Africans. The broad objective of the conference will be met through discussions of a series of papers, organized under sub-themes, to answer the broader question: How can Africa organize herself to address challenges and, at the same time, take advantage of opportunities presented by a globalizing world?, Specifically, what are the technical and institutional innovations from the global North and South, which Africa can take advantage of, and the best mechanism through which such approach could be achieved. For more information please visit the website
41st Argentine Congress of Animal Production
October 16-19, 2018 in Mar del Plata, Argentina
The 41st Argentine Congress of Animal Production will be organized by AAPA. The congress will focus on key-questions such as "How can the animal production sector sustainably satisfy the food demand", What should the professional profile be in the future - specialist or generalist?", "What are the future challenges and tools for improving efficiency". Thematic sessions cover animal feeding and nutrtition, pasture production and utilization, genetics and animal breeding, animal production and fertility, animal production systems, animal health, technology of livestock products, agricultural edcuation For further information please visit the website.
29th European AI VETS-Meeting
October 18-19, 2018 in Lucerne, Switzerland
The annual AIVETS Meeting is the exchange platform for more than 100 specialists working in in the field of artificial insemination in livestock. The conference is organized under the supervision of the RepVet group, an advisory group of EFFAB and is hosted every year in a different European country. The meeting will take place on Oct 18th – 19th 2018. Additionally, touristic activities are planned for the afternoon of Friday, Oct 19th and excursions to the facilities of Swissgenetics and SUISAG will be offered on Saturday Oct 20th. An 'Early Bird Fee' is offered till July 31st.
For more information visit the AI VETS website.
10th International Animal Science Conference
October 25-27, 2018 in Antalya, Turkey
The main theme of the congress is on "perception management for animal products". Animal agriculture is extremely important in terms of gaining healthy, strength and ingenious generations, all stages will be discussed during thin congress, from production to consumption. The aim is to present reliable and accurate information in the solution of the problems and the success of their studies by bringing together scientists, stakeholders of animal production, industry professionals, journalists, media members, non-governmental organizations and consumers. For more information and registration please visit the website.
35th ADSA Discover Conference on Food Animal Agriculture
'Effects of Stress on Health and Production in Dairy Cows'
October 29-November 1, 2018 in Itasca, Illinois
There is an increasing recognition within the animal and dairy science community of the complex and dynamic response to stress and the role of immune response in animal productivity and well-being. Obvious instances of infection include mastitis and metritis, but more inconspicuous examples of immunoactivation include weaning, the periparturient period, heat stress, rumen and hindgut acidosis, and psychological/emotional stress. Recent evidence suggests that immune system activation reprioritizes nutrient partitioning away from important production and reproductive phenotypes, and this highlights its enormous economic implications. Consequently, there is large interest by the allied industry (both feed supplement and pharmaceutical) to identify target molecules and strategies to ameliorate immune-system-mediated production losses. Rather than focusing on the basics of immunology, this 35th Discover Conference will concentrate on the activators and consequences of immune activation. For more information and registration please visit the website.
Advanced aquaculture breeding training workshop
November 6-8, 2018 in Montpellier, France
Selective breeding in aquaculture is changing very rapidly. They move from simple selection for production traits like growth to selection for traits, which are more difficult to approach, e.g. disease resistance, fillet percentage and feed efficiency. Genomic resources are developed for more European species, which can be used for e.g. gene mapping and genomic selection. This new information requires improved designs of European aquaculture breeding programmes. In this aquaculture breeding training workshop, results will be presented from the EU funded FISHBOOST project on advances in these topics and the economics of breeding programmes. Target groups are teachers and researchers in genetics and breeding, and others with basic knowledge of the principles of selective breeding. The training will finish off with a technical visit to the Ifremer experimental platform located in Palavas-les-Flots. For more information please visit the website.
7th International Symposium on Animal Functional Genomics in conjunction with a special Functional Annotation of Animal Genomes (FAANG) Workshop
November 12-15, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia
The 2018 ISAFG conference will be held over 2 and a half days and will include an exciting blend of plenary sessions, invited poster presentations and industry workshops of interest to animal geneticists and scientists from around the world. Plenary sessions will reflect a wide variety of important and topical areas in animal genomic research. The Symposium will be followed by a one day FAANG workshop and an associated one and half day bioinformatics short course. All of which will provide an active forum for scientific discussion, networking and interaction. For more information, deadlines and registration please visit the website.
1st International Conference on Animal Genetic Resources Conservation in Africa and Asia
November 27-29, 2018 in Alexandria, Egypt
The 1st International Conference on Animal Genetic Resources Conservation in Africa and Asia will be held in November 27th-28th 2018 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. The conference main theme will be: “Towards a rational conservation strategy for animal genetic resources for food and agriculture in Africa and Asia”. 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.
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.