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

Feed-a-Gene joint WP2&5 meeting

Group photo WP2&5

Members of WP2 (New animal traits for innovative feeding and breeding strategies) and WP5 (Use of traits in animal selection) met in Tours (France) for a joint meeting, on February 8th and 9th. 

They discussed a lot of topics during these two days, as detailed below:

  • Measurement of individual feed intake of group-housed broilers and rabbits
  • New measurements of individual feed efficiency using metabolomics or other metabolical traits
  • New measurements of individual digestive ability
  • Relationship between microbiota composition and digestive ability (among other factors)
  • Efficiency of N utilization
  • Measurement of behavioural traits from pigs using cameras
  • Genomic studies of feed efficiency traits in broilers and rabbits
  • Measurements to evaluate feed efficiency in reproductive females
  • Measurements to evaluate responses to stress in relation with feed efficiency in pigs
  • Protocols to evaluate the feasibility of selection of social indirect effects for improvement of feed efficiency
  • Update of the data and protocol exchanges to plan between WP2 and WP5
  • Methodologies for genetic modelling of feed efficiency and robustness
  • Methodologies for genomic selection in crossbred animals

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