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Institut de l’Elevage, FRANCE

The French Livestock Institute (acronym idele) is the French national technical reference and normative body in livestock farming systems. It is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization featuring management by livestock farmer’s federations and trade unions. Its activities encompass applied research, technical assistance and technology transfer in cattle, sheep, goats and horses husbandry sciences. It employs 250 people. The main research topics are genetic evaluation, population management and selection, phenotyping and data collection, management of observatories of breeds, animal husbandry techniques and environment including fodder and pastoralism, quality of animal products, animal health and welfare, farm economics, value chain economics, farm workmanship and social approaches, methods and tools for references and advisory services.

The core mandate stands in innovation development and technical support towards livestock professionals (farmers, breeders, industrialists) and their organizations. Hence, idele:

• continuously monitors the economic and technical environment of livestock sector and value chains;

• generates relevant information and technical documentation for farmers engineers and technicians;

• ensures training (comprehensive standard programs and tailored courses) and technology transfer to

livestock farmers, breeders, and related industries;

• contributes to know-how transfer through an active involvement in European and international cooperation projects;

• promotes local development and emergence of local expertise.

Idele provides the link between finalized research and advisory services and carries out innovative research study/practice which results/implementation and that have an impact in the field. Idele provides a full range of educational tools, techniques and practical demonstrations in order to improve farm performance. It coordinates a network of knowledge transfer centers in order to adapt innovations for use on commercial farms. It also has skills to communicate innovation to end-users.

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