European Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources (ERFP)
The European Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources (ERFP) is the regional platform to support the in situ and ex situ conservation and sustainable use of animal genetic resources and to facilitate the implementation of FAO's Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources in Europe.
The University of Glembloux, on behalf of Agrofont, has prepared an application for a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) for the cattle breed "Blanc-Bleu Belge". Agrofront is an union of three Belgian farmers associations. If they are succesful with their request, they hope to get financial support from the EU for the marketing of their products.Another possibility is to apply for a Protected Destination of Origin (PDO). In September 2013 the German cattle breed "Limpurger" was registered in the PDO for "Weideochse vom Limpurger Rind".(more)
Publication of Defra Research: Development of co-ordinated in situ and ex situ UK Farm Animal Genetic Resources conservation strategy and implementation guidance
A research project, funded by Defra, has been completed reviewingconservation strategies and breeding plans as they relate to the UK'sfarm animal genetic resources. The reports have been published and canbe accessed via the Defra Farm Animal Genetics Resources website.
The 19th ERFP Assembly meeting was held on 24th and 25th August 2013 in connection to the 64th annual meeting of the European Federation for Animal Science (EAAP) in Nantes, France. (more)