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Sustainable Farm Animal Breeding and Reproduction Technology Platform

Launch of vision paper

Paris, 2nd March 2006


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  • Christian Patermann, Director, Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Research, Directorate General for Research, European Commission
  • Guy Riba, Deputy General Director for Scientific Affairs, Institut National de Recherche Agronomique
  • Margareta Håård, President, European Forum of Farm Animal BreedersJan Merks, President, Farm Animal breeding and Reproduction Technology Platform


  • Launch event of the FABRE technology platform and presentation of the Code-EFABAR code of good practice for farm animal breeding and reproduction


  • 02 March 2006 (event starts at 16:00 sharp)


  • Salon d’Agriculture, (51 salle Amérique), Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris

On 02 March the vision paper “Sustainable farm animal breeding and reproduction: a vision for 2025” will be launched at the Salon d’Agriculture in Paris. The vision forms the first step of the Technology Platform “FABRE” which has been driven by the European livestock breeding industry with a view to developing a research agenda to help advance this area of agriculture. European farm animal breeding is a world leading industry, but contemporary issues, such as sustainable production with high animal welfare and low environmental impact, while also ensuring a supply of safe, affordable food, are challenging the sector. In addition, Europe has a wide range of farming systems with specific niches, while its markets are also opening up to increased global competition. New technologies in animal selection, based on a detailed knowledge of the genome and on improved breeding, can help the industry address these challenges. At the same time, some technologies may raise significant social and ethical concerns and it is important for Europe to understand these if it is to maintain its model of agriculture in an increasingly globalised economy.

The platform will address these diverse challenges. The first step in its development has been the definition of the vision, and this will be followed by the development of a strategic research agenda which will define how to achieve the vision both in terms of the research that needs to be carried out and how such research could be funded.

Concurrently with the FABRE launch, a code of good practice for the breeding of farm animals, Code-EFABAR, the output of an EU funded project, will also be presented. The code aims to become the standard instrument in Europe for defining and implementing good practice in farm animal breeding. This code will be adopted by farm animal breeders with the aim of indicating a commitment to high ethical standards. Information material on the code is available in 20 languages.

For more information on FABRE see:
For more information on technology platforms in general, see:
For more information on Code-EFABAR see:
For more information on the Salon d’Agriculture see:

Conference programme:

16.00 Welcome and chair (Dr. Margareta Håård, President EFFAB)
16.10 Technology Platforms, livestock breeding and agriculture in Europe (Dr Christian Patermann, Director of Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Research, European Commission)
16.40 Research in animal breeding and reproduction (Dr Guy Riba, Deputy General Director for Scientific Affairs, INRA)
17.10 FABRE TP vision paper and Strategic Research Agenda (Dr. Jan Merks, President FABRE-TP, President Institute for Pig Genetics)
17.30 The consumer and breeding products (tbc)
17.50 Questions: the future of European sustainable farm animal breeding and reproduction
18.20 Launch of FABRE Technology Platform
18.30 Informal gathering - drinks and buffet
With: Code-EFABAR (Code of Good Practice for Animal Breeding and Reproduction)

Additional information on this press event:

A press event will take place following the presentations at 18:30. There will also be the opportunity to discuss issues with participants at the informal gathering.

John Claxton
Unit E3, Research DG, European Commission
Tel: +32.2.299 43 75, Fax: +32.2.296 30 29

Michael H. Wappelhorst, Press and information officer
Information and communication Unit, Research DG, European Commission
Tel: +32.2.298 75 75, Fax: +32.2.295 82 20

Anne-Marie Neeteson
European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders (EFFAB)
Tel +31 26 339 15 38, Fax +31 26 339 15 39

Sylvie Colleu-Gourvennec
Chef du service de presse INRA
01 42 75 95 55 ou 91 69 ou 06 77 02 15 51
Mission communication - 147 rue de l'université -75338 Paris cedex 07


PLEASE FAX TO +32.2.295 82 20

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