Feed-a-Gene brings together 23 partners from Europe and China, and aims to improve the overall efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of monogastric livestock production systems (e.g., pigs, poultry, and rabbits). This goal encompasses the development of alternative feed resources and technologies, identification and selection of robust animal breeds that adapt to fluctuating conditions, and optimization of the potential of both the feed and the animals via specific feeding techniques.
Duration: 1 March 2015 – 1 March 2020
Project website: www.feed-a-gene.eu
CREDA leads the cost-benefit analysis (CBA) estimating the economic and social impacts of new feeding technologies (such as innovative feedstuffs and precision feeding systems) and breeding solutions in different intensive production systems for pigs, poultry, and rabbits. Further, CREDA is responsible for carrying out a market analysis of the availability of alternative protein sources, which is used to determine which specific sources are tested empirically. To ensure that public attitudes towards the positive and negative externalities of these approaches are properly considered, a choice experiment is employed to estimate consumer preferences for relevant management attributes. In addition, a qualitative analysis of farmers’ attitudes investigates any potential barriers to the uptake of new methods and technologies, and explores how these new approaches to animal nutrition and feeding can be made more acceptable.