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.
Code EFABAR is based on practical codes of conduct to ensure:
- Improved animal health and welfare
- Ensured food security
- Reduction of environmental impact
- Better use of resources
- Better production and quality of the products
- Keeping genetic diversity
In 2006 Code EFABAR was launched, developed from the Sustainable Farm Animal Breeding and Reproduction project (SEFABAR). In this project 40 scientific experts, business representatives and socio-economic experts combined their expertise to define sustainable animal breeding and to develop scenarios of sustainable breeding.
The Code is reviewed every 3 years and the next version will be presented in 2023.
Responsible and balanced breeding
Balanced and responsible breeding means to find a sustainable compromise for people, the planet and farmed animals between traits related to the health and welfare of animals, their environmental impacts and the quality and the quantity of the production (milk, meat, fish meat and eggs) whilst keep genetic diversity. Currently, pigs and poultry only need half of the feed than 40 years ago. Other examples of breeding elements are: improving robustness and longevity of dairy, leg strength in both pigs and poultry, reducing misbehaviour in pigs, osteoporosis in laying hens and resistance to diseases in aquaculture species.Read more
How to adopt it
Breeding organisations can adopt Code-EFABAR®, by making clear how they have undertaken steps to comply with the general statements of Code-EFABAR®. These General Statements can be found in the ‘Code of Good Practice for Farm Animal Breeding and Reproduction Organisations”.Read more