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.
Animal Genetics and Diseases Conference
September 20-22, 2017 in Cambridge, United Kingdom
This new conference will bring together specialists working on the interface between genomics, genetic engineering and infectious disease with the aims of improving animal and human health and welfare.
The meeting will showcase recent advances in genomics, genome editing, and mathematical techniques to understand disease resistance, pathogen evolution and vaccination success. There will be discussions concerning the progress and the lessons learned from combining genomic technologies with advanced quantitative methods to combat epidemics and improve livestock systems. The programme will also present advances of precision medicine in companion animals, translational medicine, as well as the societal issues and challenges surrounding animal welfare and regulation.
For more information visit the website
14th International Symposium of Animal Biology and Nutrition
September 28-29, 2017 in Balotesti, Romania
The event gathers experts and scientist in animal science and related fields from all over the world, presenting their most recent research and current scientific trends. Some of the of the topics concern quality and safety of animal products, sustainable animal production systems, genetic biodiversity and animal welfare.
For more information please visit their website
Joint Seminar of the FAO-CIHEAM Network on Sheep and Goats: Innovation for Sustainability in Sheeps and Goats
October 3-5, 2017 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
The Inter-regional FAO/CIHEAM Network for Research and Development in Sheep and Goats aims to study and improve sheep and goat production in the Mediterranean Region. It organizes periodic meetings of its two Subnetworks (Nutrition and Production systems). In this occasion, the Network is calling for a Joint Seminar of the two Subnetworks, that will be held in the city of Vitoria, in the Basque Country, Northern Spain.
For more information visit their website
Aquaculture Europe 2017 - Cooperation for growth
October 17-20, 2017 in Dubrovnik, Croatia
The focus of the AE2017 is on improving the cooperation between operators.
The Aquaculture Europe events are all about communication with the sector. Since 2014, EAS has teamed up with the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP) to organise a special one-day event of panel discussions focussing on relevant and timely issues for the sector. The EAS thematic groups will also organise special sessions and/or workshops within AE2017. The AE event is a focal point for meetings of European associations, satellite workshops of EU projects and other events.
For more information visit: the European Aquaculture Society
2nd World Conference on Innovative Animal Nutrition and Feeding
October 18-20, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary
The conference aims to present how the latest developments of animal nutrition and related disciplines can be applied in animal nutrition to produce high quality and safe animal derived foods and to ensure production in a sustainable manner. Furthermore the effect of climate change on crop and on the quality of animal derived foods for human consumption will be also discussed, as well as the precision livestock farming and nutrition, and how the adverse effects of climate change can be alleviated by nutrition. Moreover, the recent knowledge on mycotoxins and their impacts on feed and animal origin food quality, the new generation of the feed additives are also included in the program of the conference.
For more information visit: the WIANF website
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.
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
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