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2 Internationale Avlsseminarer 29. og 30. maj 2007

Sustainable breeding in main stream populations (og) International policy framework for conservation and breeding





Livestock production is an important contribution to worldwide food supply, with forecasts expecting an in-crease in demands for livestock products. Genetic improvement is a major factor contributing to increased productivity and efficiency in farm animal production.

However, genetic improvement has a number of implications, such as increasing rates of inbreeding and ge-netically correlated changes in traits not under selection. In addition production conditions, e.g. consumer preferences, prices, and pathogens might change over time, resulting in genetic changes not being optimal for the future.

A small number of enterprises contribute to the genetic improvement within species and planning has to some degree been on short term benefits rather than long-term effects of livestock improvement programmes.

These factors highlight some of the risks that are associated with animal improvement schemes. Livestock improvement programmes manages genetic resources for future food production, and is thus of strategically importance for society as well as for the enterprises involved.

This symposium presents state-of-the-art knowledge on sustainable livestock improvement programmes, as well as examples from a number of species.

Tuesday 29th May:

11:00 Registration and lunch

12:30 Introduction

Morten Kargo Sørensen, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences

12:40 Sustainable breeding – an overview

Erling Fimland, Nordic Gene Bank Farm Animals

13:00 Methodology for defining breeding goals for

sustainable production

Ingrid Olesen, Akvaforsk

13:30 Challenges of including sustainability when

defining breeding goals

Hanne-Marie Nielsen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

14:00 Coffee break

14:30 Cooperation between populations – possibilities and limitations

Anna Sonesson, Akvaforsk

15:10 Managing genetic variation and inbreeding

John Woolliams, Roslin Institute

15:50 Optimal genetic contributions – methods and applications

Peer Berg, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences

16:20 Evaluation of breeding schemes

Peer Berg, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences

16:50 Discussion

17:30 End of day 1

18.30 Dinner


Wednesday 30th May

8:30 Managing Danavl

Anders Vernersen, Danish Pig Production

9:00 Poultry company

Santiago Avendano, Aviagen

9:30 Nordic profile dairy cattle

Hans Stålhammer, Svensk Avel

10:00 Coffee Break

10:30 Sheep breeding – an example from scrapie resistance

Tim Roughsedge, Scottish Agricultural College

11:00 Discussion

11:30 Checklist for sustainable breeding programmes

Asko Mäki-Tanila, Agrifood Research Finland

12:15 Lunch

International policy framework for conservation and breeding

There is a need to assess the impact of import/export on sustainable development of farm animal genetic re-sources. Developments in patenting in some countries have triggered discussions on the potential impact of intellectual property rights. Three important issues have to be discussed, i) requirements for a long-term suc-cess of breeding programmes, ii) needs to regulate exchange of genetic material and iii) how to balance differ-ent systems of rights. A Nordic working group on Legal framework for the rights to and exchange of ani-mal genetic resources focus on this, ahead of the First FAO Intergovernmental Technical Conference on AnGR in September 2007.

Wednesday 30th May 11.30 – 15.30

11:30 Checklist for sustainable breeding programmes

Asko Mäki-Tanila, Agrifood Research Finland

12:15 Lunch

13:00 Exchange of genetic material - Coming international trade regulation

Erling Fimland, Nordic Gene Bank Farm Animals

13:30 Patenting

Morten W. Tvedt , Fridtjof Nansen Institute

14:15 Industry perspectives on legal framework

Anders Vernersen, Danish Pig Production

15:00 Discussion


Registration deadline 14th May

By mail, fax or e-mail name and address to:

Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics,

PO. Box 50, DK-8830 Tjele,


Fax: +45 8999 1300


Fees: First seminar 1000 DKK; second seminar 400 DKK; – both seminars 1200 DKK

Payment for participation must be transferred to our bank account as follows:

Jyske Bank, DK-1780 Copenhagen V, Denmark Account no. 8109 1017350 IBAN no: DK 2181090001017350 SWIFT: JYBADKKK

The full amount must be made in DKK (Danish kroner) and received no later than 4 days after the registration deadline. Please observe we can not accept any reductions for bank charges associated with the transfer. All transfers must be marked with "Breeding Seminar" and the full name of the delegate. Unfortunately, we cannot accept bank cheques or euro cheque.


We recommend accommodation at the following hotels in Viborg, which is located 12 km from the Research Centre.


  1. Golf Hotel


    Randersvej 2, DK-8800 Viborg

    Phone: +45 8661 0222

    Fax: +45 8661 3171



    Best Western Hotel

    Sct. Mathiasgade 5, DK-8800 Viborg

    Phone: +45 86 62 37 00

    Fax: 86 62 40 46



    Student hostel

    Nørresø Kollegiet

    Asmild Klostervej 13, DK-8800 Viborg



Other accommodations:

For other accommodation options we recommend the following possibilities:

Danhostel Viborg Vandrehjem (Youth hostel)

(Youth hostel)

Spar 10


Motel Viborg

Complete list of bed and breakfast in Viborg

Travel information

To reach the Workshop venue the following airports are possible: Copenhagen, Billund, Aarhus, Karup, and Aalborg.

We recommend your final flight destination to Karup airport as it is the closest domestic airport to the sminar venue.

From Copenhagen Airport, airport code: CPH - website


  1. Domestic flight to Karup airport, airport code: KRP - website.


    A free shuttle bus is provided to and from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3. The bus ride lasts about 5 minutes.

    From Karup Airport you reach Viborg by taxi (25 km the cost is app. 425.00 DKK). Taxi shuttles (allow up to 2 other passengers) to and from Karup Airport and Viborg must be booked 3 hours in advance. The cost is 190.00 DKK per person.

From Billund Airport, airport code: BLL - website

The airport is located 80 km southwest of Viborg. Airport Bus service is provided in connection with the major-ity of flights between Billund and Aarhus (see website), Tickets are sold on the bus, one-way-fare 150.00 DKK. From Aarhus hourly trains to Viborg are available.

Taxi from the airport to Viborg cost app. 1000.00 DKK one-way.

From Aarhus Airport, airport code: AAR – website

The airport is located 80 km east of Viborg

In connection with the majority of flights, there is an airport bus service between to Aarhus Airport. There are predefined stops along the route.

Tickets are sold on the bus, one-way fare 85.00 DKK. Accepted currencies are; Norwegian Crowns, US Dol-lars, Pounds and Euro. Major Credit Cards are also accepted.

There is also a scheduled bus service (route 212) between Aarhus Airport and Randers (45 km east of Viborg) The bus timetable is independent of flight arrivals and departures. From Randers there is a scheduled bus service (route 62) Randers and Viborg.

From Aalborg airport – airport code: AAL - website

The airport is located 90 km north of Viborg.

Taxi is available from the arrival terminal at the airport.

MetroBus 2, (Aabybro-Aalborg-Storvorde) stops at the airport. Departure every quarter during rush hours, otherwise every half hour.

From the bus station in Aalborg there are scheduled bus services (route 52 and 960X) between Aalborg and Viborg Bus service. One-way-fares 108.00 DKK.

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