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 Newsletter #1

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Feed-a-Gene newsletter #1

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Welcome to the first Feed-a-Gene newsletter

We are proud to present the first newsletter of the Feed-a-Gene project funded through the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission. This newsletter provides you with some very first results and on-going activities of the project. Feed-a-Gene strives to attain a large audience beyond the project partners. This is not only important for the dissemination of project results so that these can be developed further and brought to market, but we also want your feedback on planned project actions. To keep up-to-date on what we are doing and plan to do, please register at the stakeholder platform at We hope that this newsletter gives you a first glance of our contribution to make monogastric livestock production systems more efficient and sustainable.

Jaap van Milgen (INRA), Feed-a-Gene project coordinator

Introducing Feed-a-Gene

Animal production is constantly facing new challenges. In addition to productivity and efficiency, it has become important to consider animal health and welfare, product quality and security, environmental impact, consumer and citizen expectations as well as competition between food, feed, and fuel. Novel solutions are required to increase the efficiency and sustainability of livestock production systems.

First Feed-a-Gene Annual meeting, Foulum, Denmark

The first annual meeting was the occasion for the Feed-a-Gene partners and stakeholders to meet and discuss, and for the research teams to communicate on the progress made in the past year. Attendees enjoyed the warm welcome and efficient organisation of Aarhus University – Foulum. Feed-a-Gene project coordinator Jaap van Milgen (INRA) and project manager Vincent Troillard (INRA Transfert) would like to thank Professor Knud Erik Bach Knudsen and his team at Aarhus University for their hard work planning and organising this meeting.

1st Feed-a-Gene annual meeting, Foulum, 2016

Progress reports for the Feed-a-Gene project

Much progress has been made in the first year of the Feed-a-Gene project. Click on the following links to read the progress reports for each work package.

FAIR data management and stewardship - Data interoperability for discovery

During the 1st annual meeting, Dr Richard Finkers (Wageningen UR) presented the main principles of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data management.

Feed-a-Gene meets FABRE-TP

Juan Pablo Sanchez (IRTA) presented Feed-a-Gene at the annual meeting of FABRE-TP in Barcelona, Spain on 10 May 2016. FABRE-TP promotes research and innovation for sustainable animal breeding and reproduction in Europe.

Upcoming events

Feed-a-Gene researchers will present the following communications in 2016.

World Rabbit Congress 2016

Qingdao, China, 15-18 June 2016 

Miriam Piles, IRTA: “Using collective feed intake data to select for feed efficiency on full or restricted feeding regimen”

EAAP 2016

Belfast, UK, 29 August – 2 September 2016

Sonia Roger, INRA: “Conceptual model of digestion for pigs and poultry and its factors of variation”

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