Balanced and responsible breeding means finding a sustainable compromise for the people, the planet, and for farmed animals between traits related to the health and welfare of animals, their environmental impacts, and the quality and quantity of production (milk, meat, fish meat and eggs) whilst keeping genetic diversity.
Currently, pigs and poultry only need half of the feed needed 40 years ago. Other examples of breeding elements are: improving robustness and longevity for dairy, leg strength in both pigs and poultry, improving positive behaviour, osteoporosis in laying hens, or disease resistance in aquaculture.
As a commitment to responsible and balanced breeding, EFFAB members adopt Code EFABAR, the code of good practices for animal breeding. The code is based around 6 pillars from animal health and welfare to food safety and recognizes the central role of sustainability in safeguarding food security. The Code is reviewed every 3 years and the next version will be presented in 2023.
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