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FABRE-TP Innovation Day presentations and report

Is the animal breeding industry innovative enough for the future? How can we work together? How can we do better? Important questions for the animal breeding sector that were posed during the FABRE-TP Innovation Day on April 9 in Brussels. Industry representatives, researchers and policy-makers discussed together how to connect to new developments and to be together successful in Europe. The presentations are now available:

     §  New traits – Mike Coffey (SRUC)

     §  Aquaculture - Odd Magne Rodsveld (Aquagen)

     §  Animal health traits - Kathrin Stock (vit)

     §  Genomics in dairy cattle - Xavier David (UNCEIA)

For a report of the day, click here. 

 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. 


EuroTier: The world's leading trade fair for animal production 

11-14 November 2014, Hanover, Germany. Read more


Upcoming event: FABRE-TP Innovation Day 

On Wednesday April 9, 2014, FABRE-TP organises a unique Innovation Day. The Innovation Day will be full with inspiring innovations, state-of-the-art developments, innovative ways of working together, and networking opportunities for industry, researchers and policy-makers.

The Innovation Day will focus on innovations in animal breeding and also connects to recent innovations in other sectors. You are cordially invited to attend!

You can register by sending an e-mail to effab[@]

Inspiring contributions will be from:

  • Johan van Arendonk, Professor Animal Breeding and Genetics at Wageningen UR
  • Gerard Albers, Chair of the European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders
  • Emanueala Galeazzi, Directorate-General Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Odd Magne Rodseth, Director at Aquagen
  • Huw Jones, Biosciences KTN
  • Xavier David, UNCEIA
  • Jean-Paul Hudson, European Seeds Association
  • Kathrin Stock, vit
  • Mike Cofffey, SRUC

Date:     Wednesday April 9, 2014

Time:     12:00 - 18:00

Venue:    Felice Cattier, University Foundation Belgium, Rue d'Egmont 11, Brussels


12:00               Registration and lunch

13:00               Welcome by Johan van Arendonk on behalf of FABRE-TP

13:05               Introduction: research and innovation in animal breeding – an industry perspective

                       By: Gerard Albers (EFFAB)

13:20                European Research and innovation programmes -  

                        Opportunities for the animal breeding sector in the European Innovation Partnership.

                        By: Mrs. Emanuela Galeazzi (DG Agri, EIP-ARGI)

13:45                Inspiring innovations in animal breeding

§  New traits – Mike Coffey (SRUC)

§  Aquaculture - Odd Magne Rodsveld (Aquagen)

§  Animal health traits - Kathrin Stock (vit)

§  Genomics in dairy cattle - Xavier David (UNCEIA)


14:45                Coffee break


15:15                Innovative example in plant breeding

By: Jean-Paul Judson – European Seeds Association / Plants4theFuture


15:30                Working together in (animal) breeding: innovative example of industry/research cooperation

By:  Huw Jones, KTN


15:45                Delivering impact: discussion on partnerships to meet the challenges of the future. Moderated by Johan van Arendonk      



16:45                Wrap up, closure, drinks




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. Thank you in advance! 


FACCE JPI announce call for pre-proposals Climate Smart Agriculture


Under the ERA-NET Plus action “Climate Smart Agriculture: Adaptation of agricultural systems in Europe” co-funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission, a call for pre-proposals has been launched today addressing adaptation of European agriculture to climate change in its broad sense. Four areas are highlighted as key to advancing research on genetics and breeding of animals and plants to increase resilience to climate change; pests and diseases of animals and plants linked to climate and posing significant risks; adaptive management of water and soil resources and options for adapting agricultural systems. More information




New FACCE-JPI call for research projects
We would like to inform you of the opening of a FACCE-JPI call for research projects on Greenhouse Gas Mitigation. FABRE-TP is a member organisation of FACCE-JPI, sitting on the Stakeholder Advisory Board.

This call will contribute to the implementation of the FACCE-JPI Strategic Research Agenda by addressing its core-theme 5: “Mitigation of Climate Change”. 11 FACCE-JPI countries are participating, with 3 other non-European countries: Canada, USA, New Zealand.

For more information please see the attached press release on the opening of the call, as well as a link to the FACCE website where the call announcement text can be found here.

Launch Strategic Research Agenda FACCE-JPI

EFFAB welcomes the launch today of the Strategic Research Agenda of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE – JPI) – ‘ A European strategy to tackle the great challenges of agriculture and food security under climate change’.

The SRA sets out the strategic priorities for trans-disciplinary and innovative European research on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change and provides a framework for the alignment of existing programs and joint research efforts to achieve the twin objectives of food security and combating climate change.

FABRE-TP is a member of the FACCE-JPI Stakeholder Advisory Board (StAB) and has contributed to this SRA; in addition EFFAB Director, Dawn Howard is Vice Chair of the StAB.

Please click
here for the official press release.


Horizon 2020 – MEPs oppose budget cuts


FABRE-TP welcomes the strong message given by MEPS in support of funding for the Horizon 2020 research and innovation package at yesterdays’ meeting of the Industry, Energy and Research committee (ITRE) in Brussels.

Teresa Riera Madurell, (S&D, Spain) received cross-party support for her parliamentary report on the establishment of Horizon 2020. Speaking after the vote she said “Our goal is to make research and innovation the core of the productive economy and use it as a driver for competitiveness, growth and job creation...research findings should not stay in the lab: knowledge must be transferred along the entire chain of innovation until it becomes a product or a service on the market”

Maria Da Graça Carvalho (EPP, Portugal) and Christian Ehler (EPP, Germany), rapporteurs for the specific implementing and participation rules for Horizon 2020, said “Europe must not fall behind its international competitors. A reduction of the European budget for competitiveness equals an abandonment of the Europe 2020 Strategy" they said. "Advancements in science are equally crucial to the improvement of our quality of life, as they will cover areas such as good health, air and water quality.”

Kent Johansson (ALDE, Sweden) explained "It is of crucial importance that we step up our research and innovation efforts in order to face the future societal challenges such as the supply of raw materials, energy efficiency, energy security, an ageing population and the on-going fight against climate challenge”.

Later in the day the ITRE committee members also gave strong backing to the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), an instrument designed to transform excellent European research, with the help of industry and SMEs, into successful entrepreneurial activities, innovative companies, jobs and growth.

Funding of the EIT was set at 3.3% of the total Horizon 2020 budget and several MEPs stated that it should be further strengthened. Proposals for the EIT include the establishment of a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) for “Food4Future – sustainable supply chain from resources to consumers”.

The European Parliament and the European Council now have to agree on the EU budget 2014-2020, which includes the programme on research and innovation.

We welcome this clear statement of the European Parliaments’ negotiating position and their commitment to support EU research and innovation over the next seven years. This is a strong message to the Council that MEPs will oppose any proposed cuts to the €80 billion budget for Horizon 2020.

29th November 2012


Marie Curie Prize - Call for nominations



The Marie Curie Actions invite their current and former fellows to participate in this year's Marie Curie Prize contest. The competition will be held in three distinct categories:


- Communicating Science ;
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and
- Promising Research Talent.

For more information, please click here.

Commission launches FP7-KBBE call
The call for FP7-KBBE (food, agriculture, biotechnology and fisheries) has been published on the European Commission website.
Full details are available
To go directly to the Call Fiche, please click

FABRE-TP Strategic Research Agenda 2011




The Strategic Research Agenda 2011 is finished! You might already have received a copy of the SRA at the session that was organized at EAAP 2011. If not, the digital version can be found here. This is also where all the full versions of the expert group reports can be found, as well as the presentations given at EAAP.

We are planning to have more hard copies send out in the near future, therefore we would like to ask you if you would be so kind to e-mail us if you wish to receive a hard copy of the SRA 2011.




Upcoming Events

October 2013
IDF World Dairy Summit
October, Yokohama, Japan. Read more

11th World Conference on Animal Production
15-20 October, Beijing, China. Read more

November 2013
26-29 November, Krasnodar, Russia. Read more