The day took place in different locations in the province of Lugo and the team visited the ACRUGA facilities, the Xenética Fontao insemination centre and a livestock exploitation.
Continuing with the programmed tasks and within the objective of promoting Spanish animal genetics internationally, the EXPORTGEN Operational Group is making a series of recordings to highlight various aspects of the breeds participating in this project, material that will be used by the Livestock Genetics From Spain platform, which has been set up within the framework of this initiative.
Thus, last week, a recording team, accompanied by Miguel Carbayo Pérez, from the technical department of the Spanish Federation of Selected Cattle Associations (FEAGAS), coordinator of this project, travelled to Galicia to learn first-hand about the characteristics of the Rubia Gallega breed and the work carried out by the Association authorised to keep the breed’s Stud Book, the National Association of Breeders of Selected Cattle of the Rubia Gallega Breed (ACRUGA).
The day took place in different locations in the province of Lugo and the team visited the facilities of ACRUGA, the insemination centre of Xenética Fontao, the Gayoso Castro Breeding Centre and the livestock farm of César Dorado, president of the Association, where, in addition of taking pictures of the animals, he was interviewed. They also travelled to Pontevedra to film a slaughterhouse.
This Operational Group has been set up to create a joint structure for the promotion and marketing abroad of Spanish animal genetics, which is increasingly appreciated internationally. EXPORTGEN is coordinated by FEAGAS as the umbrella organisation for selection breeding in Spain. The Group also includes three of our most international breeds, which are at the forefront of the implementation of this starting machinery, which we are confident will be very important for our sector in the immediate future, such as the Spanish Purebred horse breed (through ANCCE), and the Asturiana de los Valles cattle breeds (through ASTURGEN and ASEAVA) and the Rubia Gallega (through ACRUGA).
Also participating in EXPORTGEN, as subcontracted companies, are ESMEDAGRO, AGERON, Xenética Fontao and VISAVET, and as collaborators the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, through the General Subdirectorate of Sanitary Agreements and Border Control, and ICEX.
For the implementation of this innovative project of the G.O. Creation of a Structure for the Commercialization and Export of Genetic Material (Exportgen), provisional resolution has granted an aid of 543,404.60 €, co-financed by the European Fund for Rural Development (ERDF) 80% and MAPA 20%.