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Mapping organic livestock breeding in Europe

A new survey wants to map present breeding activities in Europe to improve networking and exchange.

Conventional and organic livestock systems differ in terms of breeding goals and reproduction techniques. Organic breeding aims at robust animals that remain healthy and efficient producers under free-range conditions and farm-based feed. The survey is addressed to initiatives working in livestock breeding under organic conditions or targeting organic farming traits in their breeding programme. The results of this survey will be published together with the already available map of plant breeding initiatives (conducted in the scope of the LIVESEED Horizon 2020 project).

This geographic mapping will provide an overview of the present breeding activities to improve networking and exchange between initiatives on a European level and to identify breeding gaps.

There is a high demand for organic breeding in both animal and plant production. The Engagement.Biobreeding initiative advocates for the development of an integrated funding strategy for animal and plant breeding which avoids competition and promotes cooperation between both organic breeding sectors.

You can help map organic livestock breeding initiatives in Europe. Fill in the survey https://survey.fibl.org/index.php/621422?lang=en