Sustainable production of high-quality animal protein for a growing world population is the key challenge for livestock industry in the future. Breed4Food envisions that in 2050 resilient and healthy animals will produce enough animal protein in a resource-efficient and societally accepted way to feed the worlds population. Breed4Food partners deliver innovations to livestock production chains through genetic improvement of animals.
The aim is to enable sustainable protein production by developing and applying innovations that utilize the genetic potential of cattle, pigs and poultry. This will result in production animals that are suited to meet future needs. Joint development of pre-competitive knowledge is crucial to achieve these goals.
Building on emerging technologies for (precision) phenotyping and genotyping, the Breed4Food activities in 2017-2021 will focus on: (1) providing tools to enable efficient breeding for sustainability traits, and (2) efficient utilization of DNA information and different sources of phenotypic data in breeding programmes. The anticipated innovations will generate effective breeding programmes and broad breeding goals that capture traits related to resource efficiency, health and welfare.
Valorization of the Breed4Food innovations will result in new generations of resilient and healthy animals that efficiently transform nutrients into human-edible protein with reduced mineral losses and greenhouse gas emissions with a favourable impact on the business of the Breed4Food companies and the requirements of societal stakeholders. These improvements lead to a sustainable and societally accepted livestock production chain. Furthermore, valorization will strengthen the world-leading positions of the Netherlands-based Breed4Food breeding companies, and will improve the competitive position of Dutch livestock producers and other partners in the production chain. Finally, it will also strengthen the scientific position of Wageningen UR as the world leader of research and training in the field of animal breeding and genomics.
1000 Bull Genomes - Toward genomic Selectionf from whole genome sequence Data in Dairy and Beef Cattle
1000 Bull Genomes Consortium Project
In: Plant and Animal Genome XX Conference, San Diego, CA, USA, 14-18 January 2012. -
A QTL for number of teats shows breed specific effects on number of vertebrae in pigs: Bridging the gap between molecular and quantitative genetics
Frontiers in Genetics Livestock Genomics 10 (2019)MAR. - ISSN 1664-8021
A comparison of principal component regression and genomic REML for genomic prediction across populations
Genetics, Selection, Evolution 46 (2014). - ISSN 0999-193X - 14 p.
A novel loss-of-function variant in transmembrane protein 263 (TMEM263) of autosomal dwarfism in chicken
Frontiers in Genetics Livestock Genomics 9 (2018). - ISSN 1664-8021
A review of the purebred-crossbred correlation in pigs: theory, estimates, and reporting
In: Book of Abstracts of the 68th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science. - : Wageningen Academic Publishers - p. 242 - 242.
A survey of functional genomic variation in domesticated chickens
Genetics, Selection, Evolution 50 (2018)1. - ISSN 0999-193X
Accuracies of breeding values for dry matter intake using nongenotyped animals and predictor traits in different lactations
Journal of Dairy Science 100 (2017)11. - ISSN 0022-0302 - p. 9103 - 9114.
Accuracy of Imputation to Whole-Genome Sequence Data in Holstein Friesian Cattle
Accuracy of genomic estimated breeding values for crossbred performance in broilers using a purebred or crossbred reference population
In: Proceedings of the 11th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production. - : WCGALP - 5 p.