The F&G connection days on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 November were a great success. Participants learned about recent research on breeding and genetics and had plenty of network opportunities. The connection days strengthened collaborations between people working in the domain of animal breeding and genetics. New animal breeders introduced themselves and ideas on research, education and application were exchanged.
This year, the focus on Thursday afternoon was on the role of Dutch based companies on breeding in cattle, pigs, poultry and fish. Presentations were given by representatives of the Dutch breeding industry (CRV, Topigs Norsvin, Cobb Europe and Hendrix Genetics) and demonstrated the large impact worldwide on livestock production. At the end of the afternoon, the first time participants of the connection days presented their background and interests. A lively speed dating session was a good start of the networking which lasted for the rest of the day.
On Friday morning, recent findings of research were presented. One presentation focussed on a promising approach to breed against infectious diseases and another on genomic prediction across breeds. A researcher from KU Leuven updated the audience on research on dogs related to heart problems. Presentations on a wide range of topics were followed by lively discussions.
The F&C connections days are organised once every two years for Dutch-speaking animal breeders. This year’s meeting was held in Ellecom. In total, 80 participants mainly working in The Netherlands and Belgium attended the meeting.
The program of the F&G connection days can be found here.