The conservation of many Dutch farm animals is under pressure. Breeds like the Veluwe Heath Sheep, Red and White Friesian cow and Dutch Hookbill Duck are at risk of becoming extinct, and we are also seeing a decline in genetic diversity within breeds.
Genetic diversity is essential for addressing changes in cattle farming. The transition to circular agriculture, for example, demands resilient animal breeds that remain healthy and productive in a wide variety of conditions.
The Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands (CGN) supports the conservation of breeds and conserves genetic material in its genebank.