Opportunities for Conservation of Local Breeds

In many countries local livestock breeds have been gradually replaced by specialized and more productive breeds. At the same time the unique values and specific roles of local breeds are widely recognized. In this seminar opportunities and challenges will be discussed which could support the conservation and sustainable use of local livestock breeds. For example, better marketing of local breed specific quality products or functions is an opportunity. Moreover, new modern genomic tools may be instrumental to support the genetic management and breeding programmes for local breeds. Scientists from France, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands will cover these topics.

This seminar is organised on the occasion of the PhD defence of Myrthe Maurice-van Eijndhoven.


  • Etienne Verrier (Agro Paris Tech)  - Success-factors for development and marketing of local breed products
  • Peer Berg (Nordic Gene Bank Farm Animals) - Nordic approach and vision on conservation of local breeds
  • Mario Calus (ABGC-Wageningen UR) - The potential of genomic selection to support local breed conservation
  • Jack Windig (CGN/ABGC-Wageningen UR) - Genetic conservation of local breeds – from science to practice
  • Bart Buitenhuis (Aarhus University) - Breeding for milk quality – opportunities for conservation of local breeds


Sipke Joost Hiemstra (Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands (CGN), Wageningen UR)