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.
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.
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)
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:
2019 ICAR Congress and IDF/ISO Analytical Week
June 17-21, 2019 & June 21-25, 2019, Prague, Czech Republic
ICAR, an International Non-Governmental Organization, aims to promote the development and improvement of animal identification, performance recording and evaluation in farm animal production. The International Dairy Federation (IDF) is the leading source of scientific and technical expertise for all stakeholders of the dairy chain. IDF and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have established a joint IDF/ISO work programme for the development of standard methods of analysis and sampling for milk and milk products. To stimulate cooperation and exchange of knowledge between dairy analysis experts and animal breeding experts, this year the IDF/ISO Analytical Week is organized in combination with the ICAR.
This year’s ICAR Conference and IDF/ISO Analytical Week will take place in Prague, Czech Republic. ICAR 2019 programme will be between June 17-21, 2019 and IDF/ISO Analytical Week will be between June 21-25, 2019. The ICAR & IDF/ISO 2019 will be held at the Prague Congress Centre (PCC) which is one of the modern architectural landmarks of Prague and the largest convention and culture centre in the Czech Republic.
ICAR 2019 programme includes topics such as milk recording practice and quality management, new traits and developments in beef cattle breeding and existing and future data pipelines for welfare and resilience. Within the scope of IDF/ISO Analytical Week, the topics include determination of titratable acidity, lactose, urea and individual proteins in milk, guidelines for the application of near infrared spectometry and improvement of the reference method for somatic cell counting.
There will be several technical tours of Czech livestock breeding, showcasing leading herds and the modern agricultural methods that have been assimilated as part of national routine milk recording practice. For more information please visit the website.
June 20-21, 2019, Wageningen, The Netherlands
CRISPRcon creates a unique forum in which a broad selection of diverse voices come together to discuss the future of CRISPR and related gene editing technologies across a variety of applications in agriculture, health, conservation and more.
CRISPRcon this year will focus on conversations on science, society and the future of gene editing. Selected speakers will discuss subjects including Gene Editing in Personal and Public Health, Gene Editing and Agriculture and Gene Editing, Sustainability, and the Environment.
CRISPRcon 2019 will be hosted by Wageningen University and Research. For more information please visit the website.
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
July 07-12, 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 26–30, 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 between September 03-06, 2019 in the fabulous Kongreshalle am Zoo Leipzig. The deadline for the abstract submission is March 31, 2019. For more information please visit the website.
AIVETS 2019 Meeting
October 2-4, 2019 in Billund, Denmark
The annual AIVETS meeting of 2019 will take place from 2-4 October in LEGOLAND Hotel & Conference Billund, Denmark. AIVETS is the exchange platform for more than 100 specialists working 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.
Visit the AIVETS2019 homepage for registration and more information. Early bird registration is until 31st of July.
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 between November 13-15, 2019, Edinburgh. For more information please visit the website.