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Promoting a sustainable livestock sector in Europe
GEFETEC is a consortium of research laboratories of Ghent University and ILVO (Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research) active in the area of animal science, including animal nutrition and animal feed and offering complementary expertise in animal science. The GEFETEC partners are located within an area of 5 km offering facilities for research on crop production and -breeding, pilot lab facilities for animal feed development and research, small industrial plant for feed production (e.g. pelletizer, extrusion and drying technologies, spray drying); analytical labs (chemical, microbial, molecular, physical) and  facilities for feed evaluation and to study animal metabolism, digestion and performances.
The aims of the GEFETEC consortium are to offer added value to the animal production industry through complementary expertise and to enhance the dissemination of project results and other scientific information to the animal production sector.

Area of expertise and research
Animal: feeds, feed evaluation, (functional) animal nutrition, welfare, pathology, control of zoonosis, safety of feeds and feed additives
Crop:  sustainability, feed (and food) safety, feed security, molecular farming
Technology:  sustainable animal feed production, feed optimisation, sustainable protein sources, feed (and food) safety
Analysis: accurate and fast methods for monitoring quality and safety of animal feeds and products 
Pathology: control of animal diseases and infections

More information on the areas of expertise and research of GEFETEC can be found in their powerpoint presentation.

GEFETEC in the Animal Task Force 
GEFETEC represents the Belgian knowledge institutes in the ATF. The GEFETEC members are involved in numerous regional, national and European scientific projects in cooperation with other Belgian and European research institutes offering expertise in all areas of animal research. 

More information

Prof. Dr. Mia Eeckhout 
Ghent University 
Faculty of Bioscience engineering
Campus Schoonmeersen – Valentin Vaerwyckweg 1
B-9000 Gent

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:

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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