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Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands cattle project EU 870/04 Sipke J. Hiemstra 4 September 2004, NC-workshop Bled.

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1 Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands cattle project EU 870/04 Sipke J. Hiemstra 4 September 2004, NC-workshop Bled

2 Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands Background Continuation replacement of local/regional cattle breeds by specialized breeds Cattle breeds are a very visible part of our agricultural cultural heritage. Relationship with rural development objectives We always try to achieve self-sustainability of breeds Broadening the functions of regional/local cattle breeds could be an important strategy Complementary strategies (in situ, ex situ, marketing,..) are needed

3 Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands Objectives Collect data and experiences with existing situations/programmes of European local/regional cattle breeds; succesful or less succesful. To share experiences, to rationalize existing programmes and suggest cross-border or transnational priorities To develop selfsustainable, practical conservation strategies To communicate and disseminate results to a variety of users and stakeholders and to give advice to the EC To provide additional input for genetic resources databases

4 Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands Which cattle breeds? Following EU-criteria for status ‘rare’ or ‘endangered’ < 7500 breeding females or strong downward trend Breeds have a regional or local binding Preferably multi-purpose use

5 Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands Suggested Workpackages (so far) Detailed survey of cryopreservation activity and rationalization of cryo-strategies In depth breed survey and analysis of breed-cases in Europe (socio-economic, genetic, demographic, etc)  to detect factors which determine the success of conservation programmes (self-sustainability) Literature review: existing programmes and tools Linkage of projectdata to European database Development of ‘overall’ strategy guidelines and policy advice

6 Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands Project organisation Small group of contract partners Subcontractors for breed-cases Involvement of NC’s, NGO’s, private sector  Suggestions for breed-cases ?

7 Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands


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