Announcement during the Fieragricola roadshow in Campania
Second leg of the Fieragricola roadshow in Campania
“In three years' time, models will be ready ready for the first generation of genomic buffalo bulls as the outcome of major impetus into applied research. The future of animal farming can only be assured by animals that produce more, but at the same time there must be a strong focus on the environment, sustainability and health.” So said Riccardo Negrini, technical director of the Italian Breeders' Association, speaking this morning during the second leg of the Fieragricola roadshow at the Dairy Show in Pastorano (CE).
The meeting was attended not only by breeders but also students of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Production Science, University of Naples. It focused on the Veronafiere show dedicated to primary sector (Wednesday 3 - Saturday6 February 2016) and the challenges facong the livestock sector, staring from buffalo.
Campania, in particular, is a region significantly characterised by buffalo breeding. Milk is used to make “Mozzarella di Bufala Campana PDO”, the fourth Italian cheese with designation of origin by volume, with 38,068 tons produced in 2014, 2.04% more than in 2013 (source: Clal). The Made in Italy cheese sector sees Grana Padano ins first place (184,964 tons), followed by Parmigiano-Reggiano (132,684 tonnes) and Gorgonzola (53322 tons).
“The buffalo sector involves 1,161 breeders, 101 PDO cheese producers, 236 non-PDO dairies and 15 non-PDO intermediaries; overall, there are more than 15,000 employees,” said Antonio Limone, Commissioner of Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Mezzogiorno. “The future will increasingly reward breeders who focus on quality, that inevitably involves animal welfare in the production centre and informative labelling for consumers. The ‘Terra dei Fuochi’ question has caused damage to the system coming to 100 million euros.”
The future will be hallmarked by genomics and more comprehensive, quicker controls, thanks to the efforts of the Campania regional breeders association (Arac) and the Si@alleva project, as outlined illustrated by the Director of the Arac, Maurizio De Renzis. “In particularly, this is an animal farming data management software package,” he explained, “that facilitates livestock and livestock and veterinary technical assistance that helps gather information on a national scale as well as carry out periodic checks, thanks to a livestock archive used to record births, serial numbers, milk production, insemination, stall in-out movements, abortions, pregnancy diagnosis, diet, medical treatments and much more.”
In a scenario that, as Prof. Giuseppe Campanile, University of Naples (Veterinary and Animal Production Department), will bring about “even efficient production,” the immediate future is called Fieragricola, scheduled in Verona 3-6 February, thanks to its focus – at the heart of agriculture – on animal farming and renewable energy, not to mention the mechanisation, services, vineyards and orchards and technical supplies. With the aim of giving a voice to local areas and animal farmers in Italy, Veronafiere has significantly enhanced the show's livestock segment, thanks to more than 600 animals on display, the international Holstein exhibition and the National Swiss Brown Cow event.