Welcome to the websites of ADT!
We would like to infrom you about the structure of our association and what we do. For the latest information about animal breeding in Germany and all questions relating to the production and marketing of animals and animal products, please refer to the corresponding pages of our member organisations.
The German Animal Breeders Federation (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Tierzüchter e.V., ADT) is a union of the national umbrella organisations of cattle, pig, horse, poultry, sheep and goat breeders. In line with the tasks of each member organisation, we mainly represent the areas of breeding, performance and quality testing and insemination, as well as marketing, in particular to other EU member states and to Third countries. Major topics include matters of animal production, animal health and animal welfare, and the development of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The general development of the EU and its integration into world trade (WTO) are also monitored. The association’s head office, the Haus der Tierzucht (House of animal breeding) is located in Bonn, in the same building as its largest member organisation, the German Livestock Association BRS. In Brussels, the ADT has an office in the
Haus der Deutschen Agrar- und Ernährungswirtschaft (German House of Agriculture and agri-food business), in which the DBV, DRV, GFPi, DIL, BOGK, BSI, BDSI, the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food BLE and the German Chambers of Agriculture are also represented. This facilitates coordination and cooperation with the aforementioned organisations. The Brussels office is situated near Place du Luxembourg, not far from the buildings of the European Parliament, the EU Commission and the Council.
Purpose of the association:
According to its statutes, the ADT serves
to bring together and promote all efforts aimed at improving the economic efficiency and competitive strength of German animal products and bringing the requirements of ecology and economics into line with each other. Its activity is not geared towards commercial success.
Since opening its office in Brussels in autumn 2001, the main task of ADT has been to safeguard the interests of its affiliated member organisations with regard to European institutions (in particular the Commission and Parliament). The ADT provides members with the latest information and documentation from Brussels and at the same time provides protagonists in the capital of Europe with information from the
grass roots. The ADT office also serves as a contact point, which arranges meetings with EU officials or MEPs and identifies the right people to contact in Brussels. The ADT also maintains contacts with many other national and European organisations in the agricultural sector. In particular, it regularly plays a part in the work of the
Breeding Animals working group of COPA/COGECA, the European Platform of Exporters of Bovine Genetics (ExPla) and the European Federation for Animal Health and Sanitary Security (FESASS). Furthermore, ADT is participating in consultations of the European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). More recently, ADT has intensified its contact to the Brussels office of the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH).
Through its activities in Brussels, the ADT popularises its members, disseminates their positions known and provides a platform for exchange between the members. ADT is becoming active in close consultation with its member organisations, mainly in areas of interest to all animal species (e.g. animal health, veterinary medicines legislation, zootechnical legislation, animal welfare legislation, etc.). ADT considers itself as a supplement to existing groups representing members’ interests.