Code efabar

In an era where animal farming is being confronted with different challenges and portrayed as a problematic sector, the code EFABAR comes to show the strong commitments of EFFAB members towards more sustainable food production. The code EFABAR

  • Defines and promotes sustainable and responsible standards for farm animal breeding
  • Acts as sector self-requirements for defining and supporting good practices for animal breeding
  • Ensures commitment to continuous improvement of environmental and social responsibility

With these three key responsibilities, code EFABAR ensures that its members achieve the goals of responsible and transparent breeding and reproduction processes.


Code-EFABAR® aims to contribute to increased transparency in the food production chain, building understanding and the dialogue that is part of this process.

In the last few years, European society has had a growing interest in the origin of their food. The mindset shift comes with current important topics involving animal welfare, zoonotic diseases and climate change. Animal breeders and farmers must ensure that their animals are bred and kept in a professional, responsible and caring manner. Ideally achieving a 100% match between the societal perception of animal breeding and production and how it is done. By being transparent and supplying honest information about the way animal breeding programs are built, breeding organizations create trust between themselves, other stakeholders and consumers.



Code-EFABAR® is designed to provide breeding organizations with a practical guide to help achieve sustainable and balanced farm animal breeding whilst delivering improved transparency for the wider society.

Given the transparency, society can scrutinize the ethics of animal management and the use of natural resources in the food chain. The perception of animal management and use of resources vary from person to person and therefore breeders must balance the needs of a wide range of stakeholders, starting with farmers and including customers, policymakers, politicians, consumers and wider society in the development of their breeding programs. The breeders stand at the beginning of the food chain and with this comes the responsibility of providing sustainable and healthy livestock to the farmers. When food is produced in a responsible way, consumers deserve to feel good about it


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When asked, “Why is Code-EFABAR important?” Our members reiterate the fact that not only does it help them to assess the sustainability of their breeding programs and activities, but it also shows their stands on animal health, welfare and the importance of transparency. It creates a path for discussion within the company but also with policymakers, stakeholders and customers on sustainability and the future breeding goals.

"Sustainability is fundamental at Hendrix Genetics. It forms one of the company’s four key strategic pillars because the company has recognized for a long time that there is far more than efficiency to consider in producing food. Responsible breeding has a key role to play in the sustainability of animal production.Therefore, the adoption of the Code EFABAR is essential for Hendrix Genetics. What we do today has an impact on the future. At Hendrix Genetics we strive for ‘Better Breeding Today. Brighter Life Tomorrow."

Pieter van As, Hendrix Genetics


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