Code-EFABAR 2014/2016 successfully launched in Brussels
Code-EFABAR, the voluntary code of good practice for farm animal breeding and reproduction is re-launched in Brussels this week. With the new Code-EFABAR, animal breeders show their commitment to responsible breeding and go beyond existing legislation. Mr. Denis Simonin, European Commission / DG Sanco, praised this breeders’ initiative to work together to improve practice. The Danish Pig Research Centre received the first certificate of the new Code-EFABAR.
Breeding contributes to a sustainable animal production
Connecting data on animal health and welfare from the various links of the animal production chain should be combined in order to optimise the production chain and improve health and welfare of animals. Breeding organisations play an important role in improving this chain.
This is the main conclusion of recent study of Animal Breeding and Genomics Centre/Wageningen UR Livestock Research about the impact of breeding on welfare of broilers. The research was conducted for the European Commission (DG SANCO).
Breeding stands at the beginning of the animal production chain. Breeders are responsible for providing healthy and good quality livestock to the farmer. By improving the exchange of data along the animal production chain, breeding organisations can use this data in their breeding programmes to provide animals with improved health and welfare, and for providing data to accompany the animal or product along the production chain.
Increasing transparency of animal production chains and getting a handle on improving animal health and welfare of farm animals is of utmost importance. Routinely collected data on animal health and welfare from the various links of the animal production chain should be combined in order to optimize the production chain and allow benchmarking.
EFFAB Annual Meeting and FABRE-TP Innovation Day | April 8 & 9 | Brussels
This year’s EFFAB Annual Meeting will take place on April 8 & 9 in Brussels, followed by the FABRE-TP Innovation Day on April 9 in the afternoon.
Tuesday April 8
10:30 Registration open & coffee
11:00 – 17:00 EFFAB Annual Meeting
17:00 – 18:00 Launch of the new Code-EFABAR
19:00 – late EFFAB dinner
Wednesday April 9
09:00 – 12:00 Tour in the European Parliament, and discussion with MEPs
12:00 – 18:00 FABRE-TP Innovation Day
For more information and registrations, please contact the EFFAB Secretariat at email@example.com.
Participate in survey on bottlenecks in R&D
Currently there is a survey from FABRE-TP on bottlenecks in (farm) animal breeding and reproduction research, development and innovation. www.surveymonkey.com/s/NTDSKM8. Thank you in advance!