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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

Objective

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.
To reach this overall objective, 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.
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Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

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Rue De L'Universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 867 501,95

Participants (22)

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STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 980 500

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 810 499,80

UNIVERSIDAD DE LLEIDA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 541 235

INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 907 780

KAPOSVARI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 409 596

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 878 955

CHINA AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY

China

TOPIGS NORSVIN RESEARCH CENTER BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 306 718,75

COBB EUROPE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 109 750

HAMLET PROTEIN SA

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 151 000

BUHLER AG

Switzerland

DUPONT NUTRITION BIOSCIENCES APS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 178 760

EXAFAN SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 177 537,50

CLAITEC SOLUTIONS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 67 875

INCO (INDUSTRIAL DEL CONEJO)

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 26 000

GRAN SUINO ITALIANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 45 000

Association de Coordination Technique Agricole

France

EU Contribution

€ 5 300

IFIP-INSTITUT DU PORC ASSOCIATION

France

EU Contribution

€ 568 212,50

INSTITUT TECHNIQUE DE L'AVICULTURE DES PRODUCTIONS DE BASSE-COUR ET DES ELEVAGES DE PETITS ANIMAUX

France

EU Contribution

€ 240 695

TERRES INOVIA

France

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

ASSOCIATION FRANCAISE DE ZOOTECHNIE

France

EU Contribution

€ 269 000

INRA TRANSFERT S.A.

France

EU Contribution

€ 357 627,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 633531

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2015

  • End date

    29 February 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 970 608,75

  • EU contribution

    € 8 999 544

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France