European Consortium for Organic Animal Breeding (ECO-AB)

The European Consortium for Organic Animal Breeding (ECO-AB) was founded in July 2007.

The aims of the group are to:

  • Provide a platform for discussion, knowledge exchange and experience in all issues relating to animal breeding in organic animal farming systems
  • Initiate and support organic animal breeding programmes
  • Develop scientific concepts for organic animal breeding
  • Provide independent, competent expertise for the development of credible and practical standards for animal breeding in organic systems

Who are we?

We are a group of European research scientists and practitioners that are involved, or interested in breeding issues relating to the principles of organic animal farming. We have experience of animal breeding in all farmed livestock species and benefit from sharing these among ourselves and with others.

Foundation Members / The Board


IAHA Discussion Forum on “Animal breeding in organic farming – where to go?”

June 2014:
ECO AB (with support of FiBL) is moderating the first IAHA Discussion Forum on “Animal breeding in organic farming – where to go?”
If you want to participate please send an email to iaha(at) You will then get a password from the IFOAM Head office in Bonn to get access to the internal platform of IAHA (which uses the MOODLE System). There you can directly go to the discussion forum and contribute by answering the questions raised.
The goal of the discussion is to prepare a draft position until End of September 2014, which will be discussed at the IFOAM Organic World Congress in Istanbul in 12-15 October 2014 during the IAHA Pre-Conference and in a Workshop of IAHA at the main conference.

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