Agri-Food Chain Coalition Event and Vision Paper
The Agri-Food Chain Coalition (AFCC) is a joint initiative representing 12 leading associations across the agri-food system. Agri-food chain coalition gathered on 17 February 2020 with MEPs to discuss potential of EU agri-food systems. EFFAB was a part of the event to present the priorities for the EU institutions in the upcoming years to fight against climate change through science based policy.
AFCC recently published a vision paper reflecting the potential of agriculture and the food industry. The paper could be read here.
Press Release on Fitter Livestock Farming at the 9th ATF Seminar
Linking information about the health and management of livestock to environmental data is a key component in making livestock enterprises more sustainable in the battle with climate change, so said the delegates at the ATF workshop on 6 November 2019 in Brussels. The afternoon session of the 9th ATF seminar focused on “What R&I can deliver to support climate mitigation and adaptation in livestock farming”. The well-attended workshop was organized by the ATF and the Fitter Livestock Farming Common Dissemination Booster (CDB) Cluster. Read the press release here.
The Fitter Livestock Farming Project is a cluster of six research projects (GenTORE, FEED-A-GENE, GplusE, IMAGE, SAPHIR & SmartCow) funded by the European Commission and coordinated under the CDB, aiming to bring innovation to food safety and sustainable agriculture.
#MeattheFacts: European livestock voice sets to balance the debate around livestock production
The livestock sector is today at the epicenter of public debates in Europe and beyond. These debates are now mainly dominated by interest groups who spread myths and radical views about livestock farming. Ever increasing on social media and in the press, these myths and opinions end up portraying a picture that is in stark contrast with the reality experienced and lived every day by thousands of European farmers and professionals on the ground. These debates have strong impacts on the views of European consumers on the role of animal products in their lifestyle choices and they push the livestock sector into an extremely defensive corner of society. This negatively affects the EU livestock farming model and policy framework, increasing the challenges faced by our farming communities to ensure their economic viability, generational renewal and their capacity to adapt to societal and environmental demands. Read the full press-release.
More members adopting Code-EFABAR 2017
Congratulations to Aviagen, Aviagen Turkeys, Cobb Europe, Axiom and Nucleus for adopting Code-EFABAR 2017!
Code-EFABAR is a voluntary code of good practice in support of responsible farm animal breeding. Responsible farm animal breeding is important for a sustainable and healthy food supply chain. By following Code-EFABAR, breeding organisations are demonstrating that they are committed to supporting a sustainable future. For more information about Code-EFABAR check out the official website www.responsiblebreeding.eu.
EFSA's New Campaign #EUandMyFood launched to promote EU Food Safety
EFSA, national food safety authorities in the EU Member States and the European Commission’s Health and Food Safety Directorate General are jointly launching a campaign called #EUandMyFood. The campaign’s aim is to remind EU citizens who benefit from the European food safety system that was created in 2002 under the General Food Law. “EU And My Food” is about safe and nutritious food. It’s about the health of our animals and how we treat them. It’s about taking care of our environment – the soil, water and air – which sustain the crops that produce so much of what we eat.
As a part of the campaign, series of short films and animations are created to promote the value of EU food safety:
EFFAB and FABRE TP Annual General Meeting in Dublin
EFFAB and FABRE TP members had a very efficient and interactive AGM in Dublin at the lovely UCD Campus on 15-16 May 2019. The topics discussed were mainly focused on Horizon Europe, FABRE TP session at EAAP 2019 conference in Ghent, genome editing and the ruling of ECJ. The plenary session and working group discussion focused on EFFAB and FABRE TP activities and challenges regarding EU projects, Horizon Europe, communication with society and Genome Editing. EU projects SAPHIR and FISHBOOST, two successful European projects that ended by the beginning of 2019, presented their results relevant to the animal breeding and reproduction industry. During the lunch and coffee breaks, IMAGE project was also present demonstrating their simulation tool for breeding programs: MoBPS – Modular Breeding Program Simulation. To follow-up on European projects, the highlights of Horizon Europe were explained by Florence Macherez from the Animal Task Force (ATF). The first day ended with a closing presentation from David McHugh (UCD), who explained targeted Genome Editing and its opportunities for infectious diseases in livestock.
Day two started with presentations from the EFFAB and FABRE TP Irish members. MOWI from the Irish aqua sector made a presentation about aquaculture breeding, focusing on the importance of disease resistance traits in the aqua sector and explained that heritability problems could be solved permanently through breeding. ICBF presented cattle breeding in Ireland and the excellent collaborations between the industry and research. External speaker Patrick Caruana from DG SANTE unit located in Grange (IE) explained their activities regarding health and food audits and policies for animal welfare, followed by an intensive discussion with the members. To close the plenary session of the second day, the IMAGE project and its highlights were further explained.
The meetings were quite successful and there was lots of discussion. Thank you to all that have participated in the meeting, and a special thanks to MOWI, ICBF, NCBC, UCD, TEAGASC and AIT for their contribution, UCD for hosting the meetings and our main external sponsor IdentiGen!
Next year the EFFAB and FABRE TP AGM will be hosted by Universidade de Evora and INIAV, in Portugal.
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
International Plant & Animal Genome XXVIII
11-15 January 2020 in San Diego, CA, USA
The Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG) is designed to provide a forum on recent developments and future plans for plant & animal genome projects. PAG brings together over 3,000 leading genetic scientists and researchers in plant and animal research, and over 130 exhibits, 150 workshops, 1100 posters and over 1800 abstracts. Topics range from gene mapping, expression, functions, related bioinformatics, and applications. 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.
For more information please visit the PAG website.
Genotype by environment interaction, uniformity and resilience
3-7 February 2020 in Wageningen, Netherlands
Wageningen University & Research organizes a 5-day course on genotype by environment interaction, uniformity and resilience from 3-7 February at Wageningen Campus. The course is focused on the concepts of genotype by environment interaction (G x E) and heritable variability in performance. Theory will be lectured and practical computer exercises will allow the participants to bring the theory into practice. For more information please visit the website.
IMAGE final meeting "Gene banks for animal genetic resources: what's new?"
5 February 2020 in Madrid, Spain
IMAGE is a European project dealing with Innovative Management of Animal Genetic Resources and is ending after four years of intensive work. The conclusions of this project will be made public in a Final Conference in Madrid (Spain) on February 5, 2020.
The topics in this conference will be:
* Current analysis of animal gene banks in Europe and options for
* New knowledge on genetic resources stored in gene bank collections
* New tools to characterize genetic resources
* New methods to preserve genetic resources
* Enhancing access to and use of gene bank collections
* Ethical and social values associated with gene bank collections
Please register for the event here
2nd FAANG-Europe Workshop on Functional Annotation of Animal Genomes
11-13 February 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic
COST Action CA15112: Functional Annotation of ANimal Genomes. The scientific programme will comprise a mix of invited plenary presentations, contributed podium presentations and roundtable discussions.
For more information visit the FAANG website.
Star Gazing into the Galaxy of Animal Genetics and Genomics
19-20 May 2020 in Ames, Iowa, USA
This conference will explore and discuss the challenges and opportunities that the future provides in animal genetics and genomics. In particular the conference will explore new technologies and the data they offer, their impacts for animal improvement and animal source foods in the developed and developing world and the role scientists play in public acceptance. Talks will be followed by meaningful discussion and audience participation. We encourage students, academics, and industry personnel to attend.
For more information visit their website.
Annual General Meeting EFFAB & FABRE 2020
27-28 May 2020 in Évora, Portugal
We are happy to announce that the annual general meetings of EFFAB and FABRE 2020 will be held in collaboration with our Portuguese members, INIAV and University of Evora.
2020 Interbull Meeting
8 - 12 June 2020 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
The 2020 ICAR/INTERBULL Confererence is organized by CRV, the venue of the congress is the Westcord WTC Hotel in Leeuwarden. The central theme for the ICAR Conference will be circular economy, and its impact and challenges in animal performance recording. Information about fees and dates for registration can be found at https://www.icar2020.nl.
The 6th International Conference of Quantitative Genetics
14 - 19 June 2020 in Brisbane, Australia
The 6th International Conference of Quantitative Genetics (ICQG6) will bring together researchers in agriculture, human health, natural species and evolutionary genetics from across the world united in their interest in understanding and translating the contribution of genetic variation of quantitative traits. They will present and discuss state-of-the-art results, theoretical developments and new methodologies with application across a broad range of both species and traits. The rapid technological advances of the last decade have meant that it is now possible to conduct quantitative genetic analyses on an unprecedented scale and to generate data that can address old, but previously unanswerable questions. More today than ever before, quantitative genetics approaches are relevant across species whether in natural populations, model species, crops, livestock or humans. ICQG6 provides an opportunity for cross-fertilisation of ideas in methods across their applications.
For more information visit the ICQG6 website.
International Congress on Animal Reproduction
28 June - 2 July 2020 in Bologna, Italy
The 19th International Congress on Animal Reproduction will be held from 28th of June to 2nd of July 2020 in Bologna, Italy. The congress is held every four years and focuses on animal reproduction, including physiology, pathology and reproductive technologies. More information can be found on the ICAR website.
World's Poultry Congress 2020
16 - 20 Augustus 2020 in Paris, France
The poultry sector has major assets to meet the expectation of the world population, provided that it can anticipate changes needed for sustainable production systems. The WPC2020 should bring a major contribution to these challenges for the benefit of the world population. The program features object-oriented sessions integrating various approaches to address a complex challenge, and specialized sessions corresponding with the scope of WPSA working groups. In addition, 11 plenary talks will address major issues for the poultry sector as a whole.
More information can be found on the World's Poultry Congress website.
12th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP)
3 - 9 July 2021 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
WCGALP is the conference to share knowledge and to interact on innovations in the area of genetics applied to livestock production. The congress is organised every four years and attracts around 1400 delegates from around the world. With many Dutch animal breeders present at previous conferences, Roel Veerkamp and Yvette de Haas, with support of representatives of the Breed4Food partners, PCO Congress by Design, Rotterdam Partners and Wageningen Academic Publishers, put together an offer to organise the conference in 2022 (July 3-9) in de Doelen in Rotterdam.