Over the last ten years experts of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have monitored scrapie in sheep and goats. They came to the conclusion that an eradication policy that relies only on the detection and culling of infected flocks and does not include breeding programmes for resistance is unlikely to succeed.(more information)
On the last Assembly Meeting in Nantes, it was agreed to translate important parts of the ERFP website into Russian. These Russian parts are now uploaded. They can be reached by the "Russian" button on the homepage of the English version. In the name of ERFP we want to express our sincere thanks to the National Coordinator of the Russian Federation, Sergeij Kharitonov, who did the translation of the relevant texts.
On 2nd July 2014 there has been a joint meeting of the ERFP Working Group on Ex situ Conservation and the ERFP Task Force on Access and Benefit Sharing in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The main topic was the further development of the European Genebank Network for Animal Genetic Resources (EUGENA). Furthermore there have been separate meetings of the two groups to discuss group internal items. (more)
The 20th ERFP Assembly Meeting will be held on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th August 2014 in The Danish AgriFish Agency, Nyropsgade 30, 1780 Copenhagen V, Denmark. ERFP very much appreciates that the Danish Agency will provide their facilities for the Assembly. While all participants are welcome to make their own arrangements for accommodation along the ERFP terms, the ERFP-Secretariat is currently seeking to make reservations in appropriate hotels near the Agency. The National Coordinators will be informed about such hotel reservations as soon as possible.
The FAO asked for the preparation of a regional progress report on the implementation of the Global Plan of Action. The ERFP Steering Committee created an answer and consulted it with the National Coordinators.
The 20th ERFP Assembly Meeting will be held on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th August 2014 following to the 65th annual meeting of the European Federation for Animal Science (EAAP) in Copenhagen, Denmark.