Focus on role of animal nutrition solutions & the EU protein strategy at 63rd FEFAC General Assembly 20-21 June 2018

It is with great pleasure that FEFAC and its French member EUROFAC can announce symposia on animal nutrition and the European protein strategy in Lyon, France, on 20-21 June 2018, at the occasion of FEFAC’s 63rd General Assembly. The draft programme includes representatives from the European Commission and the French Government as well as livestock chain and feed industry speakers and experts from the scientific community.

The symposium on 20 June will focus on the role of animal nutrition solutions in tackling challenges in the animal health and welfare area. The EU One Health Action Plan against AMR released by the European Commission in June 2017 stated that “feeding regimes to support good animal health and welfare help reduce the need for antibiotics at farm level”.  In discussion with industry representatives from the animal health, farming and veterinary sectors, the European feed industry seeks to develop a multidisciplinary framework which could deliver a holistic health management approach towards reducing AMR at livestock farm level.

The symposium on 21 June will set the scene on the announced future EU Plant Protein Plan, expected to be published by the European Commission by the end of 2018. The EU Commission, French Government Speakers and panel experts from the EU grain trade & livestock chain will exchange views on the competitiveness of European vegetable protein production. Also the challenges of boosting production and market acceptance of alternative protein sources and the strategic importance of maintaining access to imported protein-rich feed materials will be part of the discussion. Further details into the programme are expected to be given before the end of February 2018.