Genebank for animal resources

The Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands (CGN) manages genebank collections of cattle, pigs, horses, sheep, goats, dogs, chickens, pigeons, ducks, geese and rabbits. It covers both rare Dutch breeds and breeds that play a vital role in global food production. CGN conserves over 350,000 doses of sperm in liquid nitrogen at -196° Celsius, and stores embryos, oocytes and DNA.

Gene bank objectives

  • Securing the genetic diversity of rare breeds and more common breeds
  • Using genetic material to support rare breed breeding programmes
  • Providing insurance for calamities such as the loss of breeds due to animal disease
  • Making material available for research and genetic characterisation
The animal genebank is a unique source of genetic diversity for breeding and research
Sipke Joost Hiemstra - Director CGN