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Promoting a sustainable livestock sector in Europe

MTT Agrifood Research - Finland

About Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) 

Luonnonvarakeskus (Luke; Natural Resources Institute Finland) is a non-profit public research organization and Finland’s leading research institute in all areas of the bio-economy, including agriculture, food, forestry, natural resource management and biotechnology. Operating under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Luke employs around 1500 people at 37 locations across Finland. Luke was created by the merge of several entities: MTT Agrifood Research Finland, the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute (RKTL), and the statistical services of the Information Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Tike), and commenced its operation on 01 January 2015. Luke brings together expertise in renewable natural resources and responsible food production and provides innovative solutions that promote new business activities. The cross-disciplinary research data and expertise support responsible decision-making both domestically and internationally. Research on natural resources benefits the consumers by providing information on health and well-being, and by supporting the vitality of Finnish nature.


We are a bioeconomy pioneer – our expertise creates a basis for sustainable growth and well-being. Luke’s broad range of scientific and technological expertise in agriculture is focused to the development of productive, sustainable and responsible food systems, taking full account of the rural economy, protection of the environment, consumer and animal health, and societal well-being. In the animal domain, regional stations in Maaninka and Ruukki provide close links to the milk and beef producers, and bring together research using advanced methodologies in genetics, nutrition, (bio)informatics, chemical analysis, remote sensing and precision farming. Luke’s research in animal sciences has a strong emphasis on cattle and milk production, but Luke also serves the pork, poultry, fur and equine industries. 

Luke in the Animal Task Force

Luke contributes a trans-disciplinary breadth of vision to ATF which arises from excellent science and the creation of new knowledge, to studies and demonstrations aimed at applying research results in practice. Luke offers close links with breeders, producers and policy makers/regulators, and coordinates national programmes on conservation and the use of genetic resources. Luke has wide experience of European Framework R&D, of EU territorial cooperation programmes, particularly in the Baltic area, and of competence building in developing countries. On offer also is experience at the research-policy interface gained from participation in e.g. collaborative working groups under SCAR, or integrative actions under ERA-NETs such as SUSFOOD or the FACCE-JPI. 


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Mikko Järvinen
Group leader

Natural Resource Institute Finland




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