Animal Task Force
The Animal Task Force (ATF) is a group of stakeholders that works for a sustainable and competitive livestock and companion animal sector at the forefront of technological development and other innovations through the creation of an enabling environment and adoption of an integrated approach across the value chain.
This cooperative initiative is made up of European bodies concerned with knowledge and industry in animal production such as Technology Platforms, knowledge, education and dissemination organisations and research providers.
ATF integrates the major components of European livestock production. It aims to promote a positive image of the entire sector, and will facilitate discussions on matters relating to future EU regulations that affect the sustainability and competitivity of the sector.
The aims of ATF are:
- to mobilise resources from the public and private sectors for collaborative research on overarching themes in the livestock and companion animal sectors.
- to act as an enabling environment to stimulate knowledge transfer from the research base to the end users, and promote lifelong learning.
- to act as a source of expertise for industry, policy makers and European institutions
- to raise the profile and increase the probability of the TPs achieving their objectives
It has a wide scope, reflecting the interests of the founder technology platforms. First, it deals with animal production systems and aims to make them more efficient and environmentally friendly, producing high quality and safe food. A central component of these systems is the animal. On tomorrow’s farm, animals must be healthy, balanced and robust. A balance has to be found that matches production demands with ethical farming procedures, and the robust animal will cope with all challenges posed by the farming environment. Setting the correct selection goals and providing an adequate rearing system with access to a balanced diet can achieve this. Careful attention to prophylactic measures will optimise health and limit recourse to pharmacological or veterinary interventions. The deployment of new, non-invasive tools and surveillance methods will relieve pressure on the farmer and provide aids for decision-making. This will improve the working environment and optimise the performance of the farming system.
ATF will develop a dialogue with its target communities. Within the EC, it will communicate with the directorates that together cover the operational areas of the founder technology platforms (DG RTD, DG SANCO, DG AGRI, DG ENV, DG MARE. When appropriate, ATF will address the member states of the EU through key institutions, such as the Committee of the Regions, standing committees (SCAR, SCOFCAH) and EU agencies (EFSA, EVA). On keynote and new issues, ATF expects to develop relationships with the EP and notably with committees such as ITRE and the fisheries committee. Finally, to fully develop the ‘food chain’ approach, ATF will provide an interface with other TPs such as Plants for the Future, Food for Life and Manufuture.
To learn more about the Animal Task Force visit the website: www.animaltaskforce.eu