Register   |  Login
Promoting a sustainable livestock sector in Europe

Animal Task Force's 5th seminar


Animal Task Force's 5th seminar 

A transatlantic perspective on visions and strategic research agenda for animal productions in Europe and the USA

On November 17, the 5th Animal Task Force Seminar took place in Brussels. The Animal Task Force’s 5th Seminar provided a transatlantic perspective on visions and strategic research agenda for animal productions in Europe and the USA, and involved attendees in an interactive session on Precision Livestock Farming. 

In the morning, Anne Mottet, FAO policy office set the scene at international level, providing the perspective of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Bernard D. Goldstein, Professor Emeritus at University of Pittsburgh and Chair of the Committee on the Considerations for the Future of Animal Science Research inspired then the audience with a stimulating speech on the role and perspectives of animal science research in food security and sustainability. Finally, Jean-Charles Cavitte from the European Commission, Fredrick Federley from the European Parliament and Stephen Butler (TEAGASC-ATF) provided the European perspective and agenda.

In the afternoon a special break-out groups session provided an interactive, stimulating and fruitful insight on the prospects of PLF in farm and food practices. No lectures, keynote speeches or didactics. Participants were really dive into the topic, becoming actors of the session and writing themselves the path towards an effective and productive implementation of PLF. 

After the introduction of Martin Scholten, ATF President and Daniel Berckmans, project leader of the EU-funded project on Precision Livestock Farming, “EU-PLF project”,  the break-out groups, chaired by leading experts in the field, brought participants to discuss different aspects of applied PLF and the way ahead. 

The Final Report of the Seminar can be downloaded here.

Please find below the presentations of the 5th ATF Seminar


News Headlines

2017 ATF events - 08 June 2017
ATF-EAAP Special Session
28 August 2017
Tallinn, Estonia

ATF annual Seminar
26 October 2017
Brussels, Belgium


2nd White Paper of ATF - 06 February 2017
2016 was an important year for the European Horizon2020 research agenda setting. The ATF has worked all year long on a Second White Paper (2016) of suggested priorities for research and innovation for the Horizon2020 2018-2020 Work Programme.
Today, we are pleased to announce that the Second White Paper is now available.
This update of the First White Paper (2013) and Addendum (2014) was prepared by the Animal Task Force Presidency and members. It was largely inspired by a dialogue with key stakeholders and institutions in Europe and through the participation of various events related to the European research and innovation agenda and policy setting, to provide a consulted contribution from the animal production sector to the agenda setting for research and innovation.

2nd White Paper
Appendix 2 of the 2nd White Paper


Roadmap for Sustainable EU Livestock. - 30 June 2017

Making food production more sustainable is one of the greatest challenges of our times. In the face of global population growth, increased demand for animal protein, and climate action commitments, we need to ask ourselves how the EU livestock sector can become more sustainable? How can more be produced with less?
Official website 

Environmental sustainability of livestock production - 14 February 2016

Following the first debate entitled “Environmental sustainability of livestock production” organised by ELANCO, EU40 presented “Sustainable EU Livestock Actions Towards an Innovative, Climate", at the European Parliament, Brussels, 27 April 2016. We are pleased to share the ppts and videos of the event, below:


Videos: Overview of the session:

Interview with the ATF President Mr. Jean Louis Peyraud:

 read more ...

WAFL2017 - 21 November 2016
7th International Conference
on the Assessment of Animal Welfare
at Farm and Group Level

5-8 September 2017

Wageningen, The Netherlands

Official website here