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Promoting a sustainable livestock sector in Europe

What we do


We aim to organise interaction and collaboration with all relevant stakeholders involved in the livestock production sector. Together we work on promoting a sustainable and competitive livestock sector in Europe. We do this by developing dialogue with our target communities.

This implies interacting with the European Commission; with the Directorates General that together cover the operational areas of our founder technology platforms (DG RTD, DG SANCO, DG AGRI, DG ENV, DG MARE); with the European Parliament, especially with the parliamentary committees for AGRI and ITRE; with the European Council and individual Member States; through national ministries and the permanent representation of Member States in Brussels and the Committee of the Regions; with other expertise groups like standing committees such as SCAR, SCOFCAH, JPI FACCE, and EU agencies (EFSA, EVA).

Finally, to fully develop the ‘food chain’ approach, we will provide an interface with other ETPs such as Plants for the Future, Food for Life and TP Organics.

Key issues:
Our work is focused on the entire livestock production chain. This concerns developing healthy, balanced and robust animals and new production systems, that are more efficient and environmentally friendly, producing high quality and safe food. We distinguish the following key issues (click for further description):
    Focus areas:
    The livestock sector is an important sector for realising a bio-economy in Europe. Research and innovation are essential to safeguard and improve livestock’s function in Europe as supplier of safe and healthy food, reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases, making better use of resources, meeting the needs of consumers in ways that are appreciated by society and contributing to a viable economy are to be met. We therefore focus our work on promoting knowledge development and innovation to enhance a sustainable and competitive livestock sector in Europe. Our main focus areas for promoting research and innovation are:

    Research & innovation priorities:
    To promote the support for research and innovation that enhances a sustainable and competitive livestock sector for Europe, we created a white paper with suggested research priorities in livestock science, that merit support under the Horizon2020 programme, the European Innovation Partnership and the CAP.

    The white paper identifies four key areas for research and innovation in livestock to support a smart, sustainable and competitive Europe:

    A number of issues above will depend, for real progress, on developments in more fundamental understanding in a number of areas. These are described under the header ‘Excellent Science’.
    The links will direct you to the seperate sections of the white paper. For the total white paper, please click here.

    The white paper is a living document, which serves as input for discussion with all relevant stakeholders and will further develop over the years.

    To support research and innovation in livestock to contribute to a sustainable, smart and competitive Europe, adequate research infrastructures are essential. Priorities for research infrastructures identified by the Animal Task Force are:

    • Facilitating pan-European sharing of expensive experimental research facilities.
    • Developing high throughput phenotyping infrastructures – physical and virtual.
    • Investment in biobanks.

    For more information, please see the white paper.





    News Headlines

    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