Adapting the feed, the animal and the feeding techniques to improve the efficiency and sustainability of monogastric livestock production systems
Adapting the feed, the animal and the feeding techniques to improve the efficiency and sustainability of monogastric livestock production systems
Alternative feed ingredients and real-time characterisation
Rapeseed field, France
Credits: Gilles Tran / AFZ
Alternative feed ingredients and real-time characterisation
Soy product
Credits: Hamlet Protein
Preparation of green biomass from clover
Alternative feed ingredients and real-time characterisation
Preparation of green biomass from clover
Credits: Aarhus University
Processing green biomass
Alternative feed ingredients and real-time characterisation
Processing green biomass
Credits: Aarhus University
New animal traits for innovating feeding and breeding strategies
Piglets after weaning
Credits: Henri Flageul / INRA
New animal traits for innovating feeding and breeding strategies
Chicks
Credits: Hamlet Protein
Modelling biological functions with emphasis on feed use mechanisms
Rabbit farm
Credits: Camilo Gonzalez
Modelling biological functions with emphasis on feed use mechanisms
Sows on straw
Credits: Henri Flageul / INRA
Management systems for precision feeding
Precision feeder for individual tailored feeding
Credits: Cândido Pomar et al., 2009
Management systems for precision feeding
Precision feeder for individual tailored feeding
Credits: Cândido Pomar et al., 2009
Use of traits in animal selection
Chicks
Credits: Hamlet Protein
Use of traits in animal selection
Sow with piglets
Credits: Topigs
Use of traits in animal selection
Domestic rabbit
Credits: Adamantios
Sustainability assessment of the production system
Soybean field, Germany
Credits: AnRo0002
Sustainability assessment of the production system
Piglets
Credits: Henri Flageul / INRA

The Feed-a-Gene project

Feed-a-Gene aims to better adapt different components of monogastric livestock production systems (i.e., pigs, poultry and rabbits) to improve the overall efficiency and to reduce the environmental impact. This involves the development of new and alternative feed resources and feed technologies, the identification and selection of robust animals that are better adapted to fluctuating conditions, and the development of feeding techniques that allow optimizing the potential of the feed and the animal. 

  • Feed-a-Gene has been awarded a grant from the European Commission (Grant agreement no: 633531) under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020.
  • The estimated eligible costs of the action are € 9,933,795.00.
  • The duration of the action will be 60 months as of 1st March 2015.

Objectives

The project will:

  • Develop new and alternative feeds and feed technologies to make better use of local feed resources, green biomass and by-products of the food and biofuel industry.
  • Develop methods for the real-time characterization of the nutritional value of feeds to better use and adapt diets to animal requirements.
  • Develop new traits of feed efficiency and robustness allowing identification of individual variability to select animals that are more adapted to changes in feed and environmental conditions.
  • Develop biological models of livestock functioning to better understand and predict nutrient and energy utilization of animals along their productive trajectory.
  • Develop new management systems for precision feeding and precision farming combining data and knowledge from the feed, the animal, and the environment using innovative monitoring systems, feeders, and decision support tools.
  • Evaluate the overall sustainability of new management systems developed by the project.
  • Demonstrate the innovative technologies developed by the project in collaboration with partners from the feed industry, breeding companies, equipment manufacturers, and farmers’ organisations to promote the practical implementation of project results.
  • Disseminate new technologies that will increase animal production efficiency, whilst maintaining product quality and animal welfare and enhance EU food security to relevant stakeholders.

Precision feeding and feed efficiency : Open competitions for Junior Research Scientists at INRA (France)

INRA recruits tenured researchers and engineers and welcomes several hundred foreign researchers and students. Permanent researchers of all nationalities are recruited through a competitive process to select highly-qualified candidates. They are tenured from the start, and they can express their creativity and reach a level of excellence for the pleasure of discovering and developing effective applications useful to society today. Permanent engineers of all nationalities are selected using the same competitive procedure. They have major technical and managerial responsibilities.

Happy New Year 2017

Happy new year 2017

Feed-a-Gene wishes all its stakeholders a happy new year! We hope 2017 will be heatlhy, peaceful and exciting for you and your loved ones. The Feed-a-Gene project has started producing results, and they will be published in the next months. You will be informed of all news related to the project.

Feed-a-Gene at H2020 Science Communication Event

H2020 Science Communication Event

Valérie Heuzé (AFZ, WP7 Communication and dissemination) attended on behalf of Feed-a-Gene the H2020 Science Communication Event held in Manchester on 24 July 2016. This event organised by the EU was aimed at Horizon 2020 coordinators. It focused on effective science communication techniques necessary to produce a "win-win" situation for researchers and media as well as other science communicators.

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Organisation

Feed-a-Gene gathers 23 partners from 8 European countries and China: 8 research institutes and higher education organisations, 9 industry partners (2 involved in livestock production, 2 in innovative technologies for animal breeding, 3 in feed production and transformation, and 2 in equipment for precision feeding), 6 in extension and management.
Topig Norsvin
Gran Suino italiano
Terres Inovia
Association Française Zootechnie

Stakeholder platform

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