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New LowInputBreeds paper: Impact of US Brown Swiss genetics on milk quality from low-input herds in Switzerland

(07.01.2015) 

Recently, members of the LowInputBreeds consortium published  the paper "Impact of US Brown Swiss genetics on milk quality from low-input herds in Switzerland: Interactions with grazing intake and pasture... read more



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Simulation tool for a comparison of traditional and genomic breeding programs for organic and low input dairy cattle

(15.07.2014) 

In the context of the EU project LowInputBreeds a deterministic simulation was developed that allows the assessment of traditional and genomic breeding programs for organic and low input dairy cattle accounting for traits... read more



More LowInputBreeds Technical Notes now online

(16.06.2014) 

The European LowInputBreeds project is producing a number of Technical Notes. The Technical Notes cover key themes and results from the LowInputBreeds project. read more



Proceedings of the 14th International Seminar of the FAO-CIHEAM Network on Sheep and Goats Sub-Network on Nutrition now available

(15.04.2014) 

The second LowInputBreeds Symposium took place in the framework of the 14th International Seminar of the FAO-CIHEAM Network on Sheep and Goats Sub-Network on Nutrition. The conference was  entitled "Feeding and... read more



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LowInputBreeds Technical Notes online

(15.04.2014) 

The European LowInputBreeds project is producing a number of Technical Notes. The Technical Notes cover key themes and results from the LowInputBreeds project. read more



Fourth LowInputBreeds Symposium: Programme

(08.04.2014) 

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Fourth symposium of the LowInputBreeds project: Register now

(03.04.2014) 

The fourth symposium of the LowInputBreeds project (www.lowinputbreeds.org) will take place in Newcastle, UK, from April 15 to 16, 2014.  At this symposium the results of the LowInputBreeds project, which comes to an end in... read more



New LowInputBreeds Newsletter

(13.01.2014) 

The ninth newsletter of the LowInputBreeds project is now online.  read more



Impact of grazing management on lamb meat quality

(13.01.2014) 

New LowInputBreeds Technical Note  read more



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Workshops in Switzerland

(10.01.2014) 

Early 2014, a number of workshops will take place in Switzerland. These are organized by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in collaboration with the LowInputBreeds project. January 22, 2014: Bio Weide-Beef -... read more



April 8 & 9, 2014: Improving sustainability in crop and livestock production systems in Newcastle, UK

(30.12.2013) 

First announcement for free Workshops at Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK read more



Vacancy at the University of Göttingen

(15.10.2013) 

Am Department für Nutztierwissenschaften (Abteilung Tierzucht und Haustiergenetik, Prof.Dr. Henner Simianer) der Georg-August-Universität ist ab dem 01.12.2013 die Stelle einer/eines wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin /... read more



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LowInputBreeds Technical Note "Breeding for organic and low input pig production systems"

(23.08.2013) 

Breeds and breeding strategies for or-ganic and low input pig production sys-tems need to be adapted to the specific characteristics and regulations of this type of production. This technical note presents an overview of research... read more



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LowInputBreeds Technical Note "Adaption of sows to rising temperatures"

(23.08.2013) 

Pork is the world’s most consumed meat. With further growing demand pig production tends to move from moderate to somewhat harsher climates. Heat stress is expected to have negative effects on sow production. But as a result of... read more



LowInputBreeds Newsletter no. 8 online

(25.07.2013) 

The 8th newsletter of the LowInputBreeds project contains information about about progress in the subprojects, and the thematic article in this issue is on lamb meat quality and low input systems by Giuseppe Luciano and... read more



EAAP conference in Nantes: Session of the LowInputBreeds project

(17.07.2013) 

The session "Breeding in low input production systems" will take place on Wednesday August 28, 2013. read more



March 25-28, 2013: Conference on novel approaches to the control to helminth parasites in livestock in Toulouse, France

(23.01.2013) 

The the conference "Novel approaches to the control to helminth parasites in livestock" will take place in Toulouse, France, in March 2013. It is organised in the framework of the international conferece series "Novel Approaches... read more



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New FAO publication on the impact of animal nutrition on animal welfare

(08.01.2013) 

FAO recently published a report on an expert meeting that took place in September 2011. One of the experts is LowInputBreeds partner Professor Sandra Edwards from Newcastle University.  read more



LowInputBreeds Newsletter December 2012

(20.12.2012) 

The seventh newsletter of the LowInputBreeds project contains information about about progress in subprojects, and the thematic article in this issue explains breeding values for selective traits of Skafiano sheep. We would... read more



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Three new project partners

(16.12.2012) 

On the advice of a group of independent assessors the LowInputBreed project has invited three new partners to join the LowInputBreeds consortium to bring in additional expertise and data to subproject 1 on cattle.  read more



Proceedings of the first LowInputBreeds Symposium

(18.11.2012) 

The first LowInputBreeds Symposium "Ethical Consideration in Livestock Breeding" took place in March 2011. The proceedings of the event can now be downloaded at this website.  read more



Laying hen performance in free range and organic systems reviewed

(16.11.2012) 

Laying hens in modern poultry systems have increasingly been bred for confinement and controlled climatic conditions. Researchers from the LowInputBreeds project in Switzerland, France and The Netherlands have looked at the... read more



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Call for papers: Third LowInputBreeds Symposium/64th Annual EAAP Meeting

(16.10.2012) 

The third symposium of the European-funded research project LowInputBreeds project will take place in Nantes, France, from the 26th to the 30th of August 2013. It will be held in the framework of the 64th Annual Meeting of the... read more



New inventory: A decade of EU-funded, low-input and organic agriculture research (2000-2012)

(22.09.2012) 

A new EU publication lists almost 50 European projects related to organic and low-input farming. Chapters written by experts of the organic sector provide relevant background information.  read more



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IFOAM conference "Tackling the Future Challenges of Organic Animal Husbandry" a success

(19.09.2012) 

Over 180 participants from more than 40 countries gathered to discuss the current state of organic animal husbandry and its future challenges at the 2nd IFOAM Animal Husbandry Conference held in Hamburg, Germany from September 12... read more



Selecting for heat tolerance in sows for a better farrowing rate

(23.08.2012) 

New publication by Saskia Bloemhof et al of TOPIGS Research Center IPG read more



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6th Newsletter of the LowInputBreeds project now available

(20.08.2012) 

With progress reports and proceedings of the second LowInputBreeds Symposium.  read more



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Second symposium of the LowInputBreeds project successfully concluded

(21.05.2012) 

The second symposium of the LowInputBreeds project took place May 15 to 18, 2012 in Hammamet, Tunisia. read more



Second announcement: 2nd Symposium of the LowInputBreeds project and 14th international seminar of the FAO-CIHEAM Network on Sheep and Goats

(13.03.2012) 

The second symposium of the LowInputBreeds project is taking place May 15 to 18, 2012 in Tunis, Tunisia. The second annoucement is now out, with the full programme and registration details.  read more



Call for papers: Second symposium of the LowInputBreeds project

(30.11.2011) 

The second symposium of the LowInputBreeds project is taking place May 15 to 18, 2012 in Tunis, Tunisia. It is held in the framework of the 14th International Seminar of the FAO-CIHEAM Network on Sheep and Goats Sub-Network on... read more



Fifth newsletter of the LowInputBreeds project

(25.11.2011) 

With its November 2011 newsletter the LowInputBreeds (www.lowinputbreeds.org)  project is informing its readers about progress made in its subprojects. The thematic article in this issue by Ferry Leenstra and... read more



Call for papers: 2nd IFOAM International Organic Animal Husbandry Conference in Hamburg, Germany

(01.11.2011) 

Tackling the Future Challenges of Organic Animal Husbandry - Hamburg, Germany, September 12-14, 2012 read more



September 12-14, 2012: 2nd IFOAM Animal Husbandry Conference in Hamburg, Germany

(04.09.2011) 

Building on the first conference of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements in the US in 2006, farmers and scientists will once again have the opportunity to exchange information and build new partnerships... read more



Louis Bolk Institute becomes a partner in the LowInputBreeds project

(24.05.2011) 

Recently the Netherlands-based Louis Bolk Institute (www.louisbolk.org) has joined the LowInputBreeds consortium. The Louis Bolk Institute (LBI, Netherlands) is an independent scientific research institute offering... read more



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Fourth newsletter of the LowInputBreeds project

(01.05.2011) 

The fourth newsletter of the LowInputBreeds project reports on the successful first project symposium which took place in March in Wageningen, the Netherlands, focussing on ethical issues in animal breeding. Furthermore the... read more



LowInputBreeds: New project coordinator

(30.04.2011) 

Recently, Professor Carlo Leifert has handed over project coordination responsibility to Gillian Butler, also from Newcastle University. She is not new to the project – she is responsible for work package 1.2 on the development... read more



Report on the first LowInputBreeds Symposium

(14.04.2011) 

On March 15 and 16, 2011 the First LowInputBreeds Symposium on Ethical Consideration in Livestock Breeding was organized in cooperation with ECO AB, the European Consortium for Organic Animal Breeding in the Hof van Wageningen,... read more



LowInputBreeds Specialist Training Workshop in June 2011

(28.03.2011) 

From June 20-24, 2011, the course "Genomic Selection in Livestock" will take place in Davos, Switzerland.  read more



First LowInputBreeds Symposium: Contributions now available

(25.03.2011) 

The first LowInputBreeds Symposium took place March 15 and 16, 2011 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. Some of the papers presented at this symposium are now available at the programme page. Further information Programme... read more



First LowInputBreeds Symposium: Programme now Online

(14.02.2011) 

The programme of the first LowiNputBreeds Symposium is now online. The Symposium takes place on March 15 and 16, 2011 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. Further information ProgrammeSymposium homepage read more



Course Genomic Selection in Livestock in June/July 2011

(02.02.2011) 

The Animal Breeding and Genomics Centre from Wageningen UR (with Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences - WIAS), and agn Genetics, Switzerland (formerly applied genetics network) are organizing the course Genomic Selection in... read more



Call for Papers: First International Conference on Organic Food Quality and Health Research

(07.01.2011) 

The First International Conference on Organic Food Quality and Health Research takes place May 18-20, 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic. Papers can be submitted by January 23, 2011.  read more



LowInputBreeds call for additional partners: results now available

(21.12.2010) 

Within subproject 1 (Improving performance, animal health & welfare, environmental impact and product quality in organic and ‘low input’ dairy cow and beef cattle production systems) of the LowInputBreeds project (the... read more



Third newsletter of the LowInputBreeds project now published

(05.11.2010) 

The third newsletter of the EU-funded project LowInputBreeds informs its readers about recent project activities and results in cattle, sheep, pig and laying hen production systems. read more



First LowInputBreeds Symposium on Ethical Consideration in Livestock Breeding

(24.09.2010) 

The first LowInputBreeds Symposium  on Ethical Consideration in Livestock Breeding is organised by the EU-project LowInputBreeds in cooperation with the European Consortium for Organic Animal Breeding ECO-AB. Ethical... read more



LowInputBreeds call for additional partners: Application form now available

(15.09.2010) 

An open call has been issued to recruit three additional partners for the LowInputBreeds project. Partners are requested to provide phenotypic data and pedigrees of dairy cattle, together with a description of the breeding... read more



CORE Organic II Call Announcement

(06.09.2010) 

CORE Organic II has published an announcement for a common call with a closing date of October 15, 2010.  read more



LowInputBreeds: Announcement of an Open Call for Additional Partners

(27.08.2010) 

An open call has been issued to recruit three additional partners for the LowInputBreeds project. Partners are requested to provide phenotypic data and pedigrees of dairy cattle, together with a description of the breeding... read more



First LowInputBreeds Symposium: March 15 and 16, 2011 in Wageningen

(29.07.2010) 

On March 15 and 16, 2011, the first LowInputBreeds Symposium will take place at Hof van Wageningen, the international conference site of Wageningen University, The Netherlands. read more



Call for Papers Announced for 3rd ISOFAR Scientific Conference

(12.07.2010) 

In preparation for the 3rd ISOFAR (International Society of Organic Agriculture Research) Scientific Conference at the first Asian IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) Organic World Congress from... read more



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CORE Organic II call pre-announcement

(05.07.2010) 

The transnational partnership CORE Organic published a pre-announcement July 5, 2010, of a common call for CORE Organic II. The call will be launched on September 1, 2010 with a closing date of October 15, 2010. read more



Namibian Organic Association (NOA) Launches Organic Standards and Certification System

(02.06.2010) 

The Namibian Organic Association (www.NOA.org.na) is finally putting Namibia on the international organic map with the launch of the NamibianOrganic Standards as well a certification system in the form of a Participatory... read more



LowInputBreeds: Update on work package 2.3 'Meat and carcass quality'

(26.04.2010) 

The following article reports in detail the progress in work package 2.3. ‘Meat and carcass quality’. An overall progress report for subproject 2, 'Sheep'. is available in the LowInputBreeds Newsletter of April 2010.... read more



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Second newsletter of the LowInputBreeds project now available

(20.04.2010) 

The second LowInputBreeds newsletter provides brief state-of-the-arts reports on two themes within the project: the concept of flower breeding in pigs and alternative breeding approaches in laying hens. Organic and low... read more



May 26, 2010: LowInputBreeds Workshop 'Economic, Environmental and Food Quality Assessment of LowInput Production Schemes – Consumer Standards and Demands' in Brussels

(06.04.2010) 

On May 26, 2010, a multi stakeholder expert group will gather to work on 'Economic, Environmental and Food Quality Assessment of LowInput Production Schemes – Consumer Standards and Demands', this workshop will take place at the... read more



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August 1-6, 2010: 9th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production

(26.03.2010) 

The 9th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production will take place from August 1-6, 2010 in Leipzig, Germany. Professor Henner Simianer, leader of the LowInputbreeds subproject 1 (dairy cows and beef) is chair of... read more



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ISOFAR Journal: Call for papers

(07.01.2010) 

The first edition of 'Organic Agriculture' will be published in spring 2010 by Springer. It is the Journal of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR). Contributions can be submitted online.  read more



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Expert group for technical advice on organic production: Call for applications

(18.12.2009) 

The European Commission has published the call for applications regarding the expert group for technical advice on organic production. The deadline for application is February 2, 2010.  read more



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First newsletter of the LowInputBreeds project now available

(20.11.2009) 

The first newsletter of the LowInputBreeds is now available at the LowInputBreeds website.  read more



February 19, 2010: Management and breeding for organic plant and livestock production systems

(14.11.2009) 

Results of the European QLIF project and outlook on the new projects NUE-CROPS and LowInputBreeds will be presented at this session of the BioFach Congress.  read more



Expert group for technical advice on organic production: Call for applications to be published soon

(06.11.2009) 

The European Commission will soon publish a call for applications with a view to appointing members of the expert group for technical advice on organic production and establishing the relevant pool list. read more



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Europäisches Forschungsprojekt LowInputBreeds gestartet: Tiergesundheit und Produktqualität in der «Low Input»- und Biotierhaltung verbessern

(07.10.2009) 

Ein grosses Forschungsprojekt mit dem Ziel, die Tiergesundheit und Produktqualität in der europäischen «Low Input»- und Biotierhaltung zu verbessern, hat vor Kurzem begonnen. Das LowInputBreeds-Projekt vereint 21 Partner aus... read more



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Démarrage du projet Européen «LowInputBreeds»: Amélioration de la santé animale et de la qualité des produits dans les systèmes d’élevage biologiques et de type «low input»

(07.10.2009) 

Un projet d’envergure dont le but est d’améliorer la santé des animaux agricoles et la qualité des produits dans les systèmes d’élevages européens biologiques et de type «low input» vient de démarrer. Le projet «LowInputBreeds»,... read more



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European project LowInputBreeds begins: Improving animal health and product quality in European organic and ‘low input’ livestock production systems

(07.10.2009) 

A large-scale project which aims to improve animal health and product quality in European organic and ‘low input’ livestock production systems has just begun. read more



First media release of the LowInputBreeds project available in German and French

(07.10.2009) 

The first media release of the LowInputBreeds project "European project LowInputBreeds begins: Improving animal health and product quality in European organic and ‘low input’ livestock production systems" is also... read more



LowInputBreeds Newsletter: Subscription

(06.10.2009) 

It is now possible to subscribe for the LowInputBreeds newsletter. The Newsletter will be published every six months and contain the latest project news. The first newsletter will be published at the beginning of November... read more



EAAP Conference in Barcelona: Book of Abstracts now available

(07.09.2009) 

The 60th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science took place in Barcelona from 24 to 27 of August 2009. The book of abstracts can now be downloaded from the meeting homepage.  read more



Participants at the start-up meeting of the LowInputBreeds project at Nafferton Farm near Newcastle.

First meeting of the LowInputBreeds project

(09.05.2009) 

From May 11 to 13, 2009, the first meeting of the LowInputBreeds project took place at the Nafferton Ecological Farm near Newcastle, UK.  read more



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QLIF: Synthesis of the results on livestock production systems

(08.05.2009) 

Coordinators and subproject leaders of the QLIF project have drafted a series of leaflets that gives an overview of major results achieved in the project. The leaflets are free to download.  read more