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Institute of Animal Welfare and Animal Husbandry (ITT)

Research Project Sustainable beef production

AG Wiederkäuer

Duration: 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2023

Funding Institution:EU Grant agreement ID: 862590 H2020-CSA - funded under RUR-15 Thematic networks

The 3-year project is based on a consortium of 18 institutions from 10 european countries. The coordination is with Teagasc (Ireland), a national agency for the development of agriculture and food security. The German participation in the consortium is carried out by the Institute of Animal Welfare and Animal Husbandry of Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI Celle) - it is taking the lead in the work package Animal Health & Welfare - and by the Federal Association for Beef and Pig (BRS Bonn).

The project aims to promote sustainable beef cattle farming. Thus, researchers, advisors, farmers and other relevant interest groups from nine EU member states will be involved in nine national and four transnational network groups for greater knowledge transfer.

Transnational networks involved:



EU Project: BovINE – Beef Innovation Network Europe

Transnational network
Animal Health & Welfare


National network for Germany


Transnationales Netzwerk
Socio-economic resilience


Transnationales Netzwerk
Production efficiency &  meat quality


Transnationales Netzwerk
Environmental sustainability


Interested parties can keep themselves informed about the latest project results, by subscribing to a mailing list at bovine@~@minervacomms.net

BovINE will provide a web-based information and discussion platform (HUB) on various topics, which will be published here soon.

Contact persons in Germany are at the FLI Dr. Frank Zerbe and Dr. Alexander Riek and, at the BRS Anne Menrath. Inquiries and advice on current practical problems and / or innovative solutions for suckler cows and beef cattle husbandry systems can be sent to the above mentioned email addresses.

Project partners:

No. Participant organisation name Country Partner type
1 Teagasc - Agriculture and Food Development Authority (Coordinator) Ireland Applied research/ extension
2 Feirmeoiri Aontuithe na h-Eireann Iontaobiathe Teoranta LBG Ireland Farmers association
3 Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali - C.R.P.A. s.p.a. Italy Applied research
4 Unicarve - Associazione Produttori Carni Bovine Italy Farmers association
5 Institut de l'Elevage France Applied research/advisory
6 Fédération Nationale Bovine France Beef farmers assoc.
7 Universidad de Zaragoza Spain Research
8 Instituto Navarro de Tecnologias e Infraestructuras Agroalimentarias SA Spain Applied research/advisory
9 Szkola Glowna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego Poland Research
10 Polish Beef Association Poland Beef farmers assoc.
11 Faculdade de Medicina Veterinaria Portugal Research
12 Promert – Agrupamento de Produtores de Bovinos Mertolengos S.A. Portugal Beef breeders association
13 Eigen Vermogen van het Instituut voor Landbouw- en Visserijonderzoek Belgium Applied research
14 Boerenbond Belgium Farmers association
15 Friedrich Loeffler Institut - Bundesforschungsinstitut für Tiergesundheit Germany Research
18 NPO Liivimaa Lihaveis Estonia Non-Profit Org.