News - February 16, 2006

Big EU project for ASG

The European Union has approved a four-year research project on sustainable breeding of cattle, pigs and poultry that focuses on animal health and fertility. Of the 23 million euro budget, over ten percent will go to the Animal Sciences Group Lelystad and Wageningen. The Sabre project (Sustainable Animal Breeding) was approved this month as part of the EU sixth framework programme, and will start officially this year. A total of thirty institutions in fourteen European countries will take part in the project, that is led by ASG and research institutes in Scotland, France and Denmark. The researchers want to forge links between genomics and sustainable animal husbandry systems. ASG’s part will focus primarily on fertility in cattle and intestinal health in chickens and pigs. A number of Dutch companies are also contributing to the research costs. / GvM