Minutes from Prague March 26th 2015

Federation of European Deer Farmers’ Associations-Annual General Meeting

Thursday 26th March 2015

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS), University brewery.


 

Those present:
Asger Wiuff, Hon Treasurer (Denmark)- AW;
Gintautas Čepas (Lithuania)- GČ;
Pedro Corell (Spain)- PC;
Isabel Calabuig Moreno (Spain)- ICM,
Dan DeBaerdemaecker (Great Britain)- DD;
Uwe Joerß (Germany)- UJ; 2nd vicepresident
Radim Kotrba, Secretary general and chairman (Czech Republic)- RK;
Juergen Laban (Austria)- JL;
Tomas Landete Castillejos (Spain)- TL; 1st vicepresident
Christoph Luder (Switzerland)- CL;
Annelies Timmerman (Netherlands)- AT;
Jerzy Gabrielczyk (Poland)- JG
Guests: Natalia Sorokina- Russian Deer Breeders Association
Màris Parfianočs (Latvia)- MP; deer breeder

                             Ondřej Faltus (Czech Republic)- VVS- mineral feeds for deer
                             Jan Záhora (Czech Republic)- VVS- mineral feeds for deer
                             Nethanel Serfaty (Belgium)- kosher slaughter
                             David Carter Shinn (Norway)- Neeach- direct web sales
                             Christian A Isaksen (Norway)- Neeach- direct web sales

Apologies were received from Paul Audenaerde (Belgium);  Jaroslav Pokoradi (Slovakia); Katrin Hansson (Sweden) and Morten Nystad (Norway)

1.       The representatives were welcomed by the Secretary general (RK); who presented the minutes of the last AGM held at CULS on March 21th 2014. We received message from president of FEDFA Morten Nystad, that he got stuck at airport due to heavy snow storm.

2.       Financial Report . AW presented the Financial Report. The Balance held by FEDFA was surplus. The only usual outgoings had been the last year AGM.
Arrears of income from subscriptions (still maintained at €165/per member per annum) were discussed.
RK thanked Asger for all his devoted work on the accounts.

3.       AOB I.
A.      We received presentation by Neeach, done by Mr. David Carter Shinn and Christian A Isaksen on their invented web direct sale/contact site (see more https://www.neeach.com/) for farm products running under several language version with ambition to be world broadest site for small scale producers to get their product to the customer. They appreciate interest also of deer farmers for venison sales.
B.      Mineral nutrition of deer- presentation of research and application program of VVS Vermerovice- Mr. Jan Záhora. We received information presenting high standard technology, history, production and research programme on mineral nutrition suited for deer to improve production and antler quality. More on http://www.sparkata.cz/.

Friday 27th March 2015
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences (CULS FTA)- AGM meeting continuation


 

Those present:
Asger Wiuff, Hon Treasurer (Denmark)- AW;
Gintautas Čepas (Lithuania)- GČ;
Pedro Corell (Spain)- PC;
Isabel Calabuig Moreno (Spain)- ICM,
Dan DeBaerdemaecker (Great Britain)- DD;
Uwe Joerß (Germany)- UJ; 2nd vicepresident
Radim Kotrba, Secretary general and chairman (Czech Republic)- RK;
Juergen Laban (Austria)- JL;
Tomas Landete Castillejos (Spain)- TL; 1st vicepresident
Christoph Luder (Switzerland)- CL;
Annelies Timmerman (Netherlands)- AT;
Jerzy Gabrielczyk (Poland)- JG
Guests: Natalia Sorokina- Deer breeders Association Russia
Màris Parfianočs (Latvia)- MP; deer breeder
                             Nethanel Serfaty (Belgium)- kosher slaughter
                             Václav Pařízek (Czech Republic)- president Deer’s Farmers Association of the Czech Republic

 Apologies were received from Paul Audenaerde (Belgium);  Jaroslav Pokoradi (Slovakia); Katrin Hansson (Sweden) and Morten Nystad (Norway)

4.       The representatives were welcomed by the Secretary general (RK); who presented apology from president who was not able to manage his arrival. We continued with agenda.

5.       Application for membership Russian Deer Breeders Association (www.dba.ru). We received presentation from Natalia Sorokina. She explained goals and intention of Russian breeders and stressed increasing demand from Russian breeders for stock and also from customers for venison. She brought also products from velvet (dried velvet slices, honey with dried velvet slices, alcohol extract of velvet antlers) made by Kostroma region (west of Moscow)-www.kostroma-hunter.ru, where they breed Siberian wapiti. Their application was agreed by all presented representatives.

6.       FEDFA in the future, where do we want FEDFA to go; report from all national representatives.

That topic was prepared by Morten who was not present. Nevertheless, there was a discussion on registration of FEDFA as legal subject. Because of appreciation of CULS campus for meeting, RK received homework to get information about registration of FEDFA at the Czech Republic, potentially with the address of Campus/CULS.

7.       Full national reports were held over until the Management Committee meeting but delegates confirmed their e-mail addresses and the countries which they were representing.

As follows:

8.       AOB II.

A.      TLC proposes that FEDFA should allow the possibility for any country to have two representatives from each country considered equally official representatives. All agreed that more representatives from one or more organisations is already representing some countries and this is not against Constitution. Important issue is that every country is represented by only one vote during election. Important is to have it correctly on FEDFA web page.

B.      UJ have presented proposals for revision of EC 853 and 854/2004 of slaughtered deer and scheme to simplify rules for extensive breeding systems of deer which was initiated by Bundesverband Landwirtschaftliche Wildhaltung and discussed with DG SANCO Dr. Koen Van Dyck. He asked FEDFA for permission to represent also FEDFA during this process. All agreed and appreciated this effort and kindly asked if FEDFA presidium and others can be informed about the process and have chance to discuss proposed rules thorough Uwe.

C.      RK informed about his presentation about FEDFA for DEER TAG EAZA (Taxon Advisory Group under European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) mid-year meeting held in Ostrava Zoo (Czech Republic) during 3.-4.4. 2014. They would like closely cooperate in breeding programs of exotic and endangered deer species, because some of our FEDFA members are collectors and keepers of them. To include those private breeders into breeding programmes need to be secured for both and needs some viable rules. Therefore RK was asked to present about deer farming system and FEDFA to open discussion on this topic and presently was invited also to mid-year meeting in June 2015 to Berlin, where some details on cooperation and agreement supposed to be discussed.

9.       The date and venue of the next AGM was agreed that the venue will be during 31.3.-1.4. 2016 in Prague at CULS as ideal to be economical and easy to reach. Also there is intention to organise IDUBA meeting around this term (right before or after) close to Prague next year to allow FEDFA representatives to join both meetings.

Federation of European Deer Farmers’ Associations- Management Committee Meeting

Friday 27th March 2015
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences (CULS FTA)-
Those present as during previous AGM meeting.


1.       The Minutes of the last Management meeting held in Poland were presented and acknowledged to Bartek Dmuchowski and Wilczewski family (http://www.blueberry.pl/en/start.aspx) enjoyable and hospitable. The main issues were web page improvement and updates, future of FEDFA and presentation of Uwe Joerß on discussion of German with Dr. Koen Van Dyck (DG SANCO) on slaughter rules. 

2.       National Reports were presented by country representatives from 14 member states. Detailed reports will be included on web page as additional material, because not all countries prepared written reports structured accordingly by Mortens proposal.

5.   Next autumn meeting and MCM meeting will be held during September 2015 in Norway organised by Morten Nystad and Norwegian Deer Breeders Association who will circulate details by email. For Autumn 2016 Russian Deer Breeders Association has already gave invitation.

6.                TL reported about IDUBA activities.

8.   AOB
      Mr. Nethanel Serfaty from Belgium informed about his trial to organise Kosher slaughter in Belgium with help of Paul Audenaerde. Because there were some flaws in the process he has contacted Czech Jewish community and farmers. All official steps are on the way and he explained his intention to follow all legal rules respecting welfare of animals. This informative discussion was accepted and no one disputed or pointed threats for FEDFA.

10.   There was no other business and the meeting was closed. 

Minutes from meeting in Poland Oct 5th -6th 2014

Minutes of the meeting of Federation of European Deer Farming Associations held at Deer Farm Sloja, Kolonia Słoja, Szudzialowo, Poland on 4th and 5th October 2014.


Those present during MGM: Morten Nystad (president)- Norway, Klaus Uwe Joerss (vicepresident) – Germany; Radim Kotrba (secretary general)- Czech Republic; ; Bartek Dmuchowski ; Piotr Karwala- Poland; Andrej Karwala and Piotr Karwala- Poland; Gintautas Čepas –Lithuania, Annelies Timmerman– Netherlands; Christoph Luder – Switzerland; Oliver Buergi – Switzerland; Christian Bauer- Sweden; Jaroslav Pokoradi- Slovakia; Dainis Paeglitis- Latvia; Natalia Sorokina- Russia, Sergey Aliskerov, Andrey Podluzhnov , Vladimir Tyshkevich, Dmitriy and Nina Lubenec- Russia; John Frizzell- UK/New Zealand; Linas Pakamanis, Audronis Glumbakas, Romas Docius, Zenonas- Lithuania; Ivan Pandula, Leopold Fialka, Miroslav Urban- Slovakia; Guntars & Gints Parfianovich, Janis Liepins, Edmunds Jushkevics, Kaspars Vasilenoks- Latvia; Marek Buda, Przemek Buda, Agata Hanelik, Tadeusz Zaborskii, Leszek Glezer, Ryszard Kraciuk, Pawel Bogdaszewski, Żaneta Stainer- Poland

Apologies- Pedro Correl, Tomás Landete- Castillejos, Paul Audenaerde, Patrick van Aubel, Dan De Baerdemaecker, John Fletcher, Jürgen Laban, Asger Wiuf, Katrin Hansson.

President welcomed all delegates with a special thanks to hosting family Wilczewski and to Bartek Dmuchowski, who was the organiser principal.

The Minutes of the spring meeting in Prague were approved after presentation made by Radim Kotrba.

Financial report was not presented, because treasurer was not present and have not provided report.

National reports were presented by countries which have their representatives at meeting (Norway, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Russia).

The website was discussed. Rolf has been updating, but there must be more inputs from member countries. The structure and design of the web page was agreed to be satisfactory, but the content must be updated. Radim Kotrba proposed to appoint person (with financial support), who will be assisting Rolf to prepare and ask updates from other member countries and compile texts, news to have ‘alive’ web.

Where do we want FEDFA to go in the future ?
President talked about the upcoming process in FEDFA . He stressed that  that every member country should have a process around the topic, this process  will be driven by the National Associations, and all national delegates should bring the result of this process to tha AGM meeting  in March 2015. He pointed out that this  should be a good democratic process that include all members, and maybe be ready for small or big change (or no change) in the Constitution at the AGM in Spring.
President will regularly ask the  national delegates (by mail) how this process is going on.


The next spring meeting is to be held in Prague on March 26-27th (plus free weekend programme) at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague.

The next autumn meeting will be prepared and organised by Morten Nystad in Norway.

Russia have applied for membership in FEDFA , because the ‘Deer Breeders Association’ was established in Russia.  Their application will be approved during AGM (annual general meeting) meeting in Prague. Natalia Sorokina has presented facts about deer husbandry in Russia and have stretched problems and challenges of newly created association to established deer farming system. The new Russian law treats all deer behind fences as livestock.

Presentation of Klaus Uwe Joerss on recent situation in deer slaughter rules in Germany as reflection after visit of Dr. Koen Van Dyck (DG SANCO Brussels). He visited German farms and vent into process of creation of ‘slaughter guidelines’ with implementation of qualified persons to run ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection after every year courses. Radim Kotrba asked Uwe J. to organised involvement of FEDFA in this process to secure more general implementation of improved slaughter guidelines in European countries.

Live deer antler valuation in Latvia will be organised last week in July 2015 and invitation was made by Dainis Paegitis.

The President closed the meeting.

The Minutes prepared by Radim Kotrba (secretary general) and approved by Presidium

Federation of European Deer Farmers’ Associations-Annual General Meeting
Friday 21st March 2014

 

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS).


 

Those present:

Asger Wiuff Andersen, Hon Treasurer (Denmark)- AA;

Christian Bauer (Sweden)- CB;

Gintautas Čepas (Lithuania)- GČ;

Pedro Corell (Spain)- PC;

Dan DeBaerdemaecker (Great Britain)- DD;

John Fletcher, Secretary (Great Britain)- JF;

Uwe Joerß (Germany)- UJ;

Radim Kotrba, President and chairman (Czech Republic)- RK;

Juergen Laban (Austria)- JL;

Tomas Landete Castillejos (Spain)- TL;

Christoph Luder (Switzerland)- CL;

Morten Nystad (Norway)- MN;

Dainis Paeglitis (Latvia)- DP;

Jaroslav Pokoradi (Slovakia)- JP;

Annelies Timmerman (Netherlands)- AT;

Franz Vogelmayer (Austria)- FV.

 

Apologies were received from Paul Audenaerde (Belgium);  Bartek Dmuchowski (Poland)- BD; Katarzyna Susek (Poland); Katrin Hansson (Sweden) and Patrick van Aubel (France)

 

1.       The representatives were welcomed by the President (RK); who presented the minutes of the last AGM held in the Hotel Manhattan, Brussels on March 20th 2013.

 

2.       Matters arising from the Minutes: JF asked what progress had been made with registering FEDFA as had been discussed in 2013. RK explained that the registration had been in relation to VAT and FEDFA had only previously registered for VAT when a separate company had been formed to organise the World Deer Farming Congress in Ireland.  It was now thought that no formal registration of FEDFA was necessary. AA pointed out that unless there was significant cash flow, VAT registration was not possible.

 

3.       Financial Report . AA presented the Financial Report. He had succeeded in changing the bank which was a long slow job. The Balance held by FEDFA was € 13,201.60. The only unusual outgoings had been the carved fallow antler presented to Tony Armitage, and the President’s expenses incurred attending the game farming expert panel dealing with meat safety at EFSA in Parma.

Arrears of income from subscriptions (still maintained at €165/per member per annum) were discussed. Ireland was now three years behind and all efforts to trace an organisation there had failed and it was therefore considered that Ireland should no longer be a member. JF agreed to make one last approach to a veterinary colleague in Ireland, Jim Walsh, to see if he could help. Latvia was also three years behind but this appeared to be due to a failure of communication and DP agreed to arrange payment immediately. Slovakia had now paid (JP); France, Netherlands and Poland were also still in arrears.

The President thanked Asger for all his vital work on the accounts.

 

 

4.       President’s Report. RK described his progress in creating official EU recognition of deer farming as a possible organic enterprise and the expert meeting held in Parma which had fully accepted that deer farming posed no particular biohazards. He circulated just before Spring meeting two documents prepared out of that expert meeting.

The President described the autumn meeting held at Woburn and thanked the British Deer Farms and Parks Association for all their work in organising a very successful event.

There had also been the meeting in Spain which had resulted in the formation of IDUBA which was a body organised to further the interests of worldwide breeders of all species of ungulate game species – thus including deer and wild boar. TL who had been the moving force behind this formation explained that IDUBA now employed a full time secretary and was able to undertake relevant translation at short notice as well as consultancy services. DP had been appointed as IDUBA Vice President. TL announced that the next meeting of IDUBA would be held in the autumn as usual and this year it would be held in Latvia during antler evaluation contest (organised by DP) at a date still to be confirmed.

 

5.       The President proceeded to election of new office bearers. MN (Norway) was the incoming President and TL as First Vice-President unopposed and both will continue for 24 months. Following the voting last year DP and JF kept their nominations for second vice-president however DP and JF did not wish to stand. Therefore there was another nomination for Uwe Joerß (UJ) and Dan DeBaerdemaecker (DD). The ballot voting resulted in selection of UJ to stand as Second Vice President for another 24 months.

 JF also indicated that he wished to cease being Secretary-General. RK asked FV whether he might be persuaded to become Secretary, however FV stated clearly that he felt it was time for him to stand aside. JF thanked FV on behalf of all delegates for his extremely valuable contributions to FEDFA over many years also as later member of Presidium as Past President. RK agreed to take on the Secretarial work: the Presidium therefore stands as follows for 2014 and 2015: President- Morten Nystad; First Vice President- Tomas Landete; Second Vice President- Dainis Paeglitis; Past President and Secretary General- Radim Kotrba (Maugli).

TL thanked Maugli (RK) for his great energy and enthusiasm over the past two years and the delegates all joined in offering their thanks.

 

 

6.       The new President explained that he proposed to prepare a plan of action for the next twelve months and ensure that as much of that was achieved as possible. He felt that the Yahoo group was not functioning and suggested that instead members keep in contact by using the Reply All facility on e-mails. RK also mentioned the recent great experience with teleconference as proper tool to discuss arising matters out of personal meetings. MN also wished to bring the website up to date and agreed to liaise with Rolf who had expressed an interest in continuing to be involved with the site.

 

7.       Full national reports were held over until the Management Committee meeting but delegates confirmed their e-mail addresses and the countries which they were representing.

As follows:

 



8.       There was discussion over the Common Agricultural Policy and the changes which will take place from 2015. DP raised the question of coupled support i.e. that paid per head. JF explained that he had tried to have FEDFA representatives lobby their national governments to vote in Brussels for deer to be included on the list of enterprises eligible for coupled payment however in the event only Scotland had voted for deer to be included which made it hopeless to press further. JF was speaking about CAP payments in Scotland. Pillar 1 most important for farmers, this is based on area. It is based on zones: 1) arable land 225 €/ha; 2) permanent grassland unimproved (i.e. what may hold deer), 25 €/ha). These supports can be helpful later involving greening criteria, but it can be improved for farming, not for deer farming itself. Pillar 2. help to specific projects, which means rural development. Scotland has a Food & Drink scheme in Scotland which has paid to establish abattoirs.


Switzerland is paying 150 €/ha. The payment is higher, the higher the altitude in the Alps.
Germany, 260 €/ha. Up to 30 ha, the farmer gets 50 €/ha more. The next step redistribution payments based on size of area, the farmer does not get 50, but 30€/ha if he will have area over certain acreage.

Netherlands. Deer has been excluded from payments- they follow system of modified historical basis.

 

JF was very keen that FDEFA continue to lobby within Brussels probably through COPA to ensure that deer were treated throughout Europe as livestock. After some twenty years this had now been achieved in Britain and even in Scotland so that from 2015 deer farmers will be included as recipients of Basic Payments under Pillar 1 in the same way as cattle and sheep. He suggested that any countries which were excluded now should use the British example as showing the way in which payments could be made. RK mentioned that Czech representative in COPA COGECA is trying to lobby to include deer also for Pillar 2. RK mentioned also that in Pillar 2 there is Article 24 on establishing of agro-forestry systems which can be suitable to established or enlarge deer farms with combination of tree production on agricultural (no forest) land.

 

9.       The date and venue of the next AGM were still to be confirmed but it was agreed that the venue in Prague at CULS was ideal being economical and easy to reach.

 

10.   There was no other business and the meeting was closed.

 

 

Federation of European Deer Farmers’ Associations- Management Committee Meeting

Friday 21st March 2014

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague.

 

Those present: Asger Wiuff Andersen, Hon Treasurer (Denmark); Christian Bauer (Sweden); Gintautas Čepas (Lithuania); Pedro Corell (Spain);  Dan DeBaerdemaecker (Great Britain); John Fletcher, Secretary (Great Britain); Uwe Joerß, 2nd Vice President (Germany); Radim Kotrba, Past President (Czech Republic); Juergen Laban (Austria); Tomas Landete- 1st Vice President (Spain); Christoph Luder (Switzerland);Morten Nystad, President (Norway); Dainis Paeglitis (Latvia); Jaroslav Pokoradi (Slovakia); Annelies Timmerman (Netherlands); Franz Vogelmayer (Austria).

 

Apologies were received from Paul Audenaerde (Belgium); Katrin Hansson (Sweden) and Patrick van Aubel (France)

Bartek Dmuchowski (Poland) and Katarzyna Susek (Poland) arrived during the meeting.

 

The President, MN, welcomed delegates to the meeting and thanked RK for all his hard work over the previous two years.

 

1.       The Minutes of the last Management meeting held in Bedford were presented.

2.       Matters arising. It was suggested by RK that the opened contacts that was being provided within the Spain and the Czech Republic by the private landowner’s organisation might be expanded and that the European Landowners’ Organisation (ELO) might be helpful to us in presenting our various issues to Brussels. Therefore, the way of collaboration should be established (partnership, membership etc.).The progress of deer as species eligible for organic farming under EU Directive 889/2008 should be enforced to amend directive to include red, fallow and sika deer. There are various management issues so that cover must be provided at calving; deer cannot be moved from one field to another until all calves are running with their mothers. There are still issues to be discussed relating to transition into organic deer farming and also in relation to the purchase of deer from non-organic sources. The accepted maximum stocking density is 7 adult red deer or 15 adult fallow deer per hectare.

UJ stated that in Germany it was actually illegal to remove hard antlers from stags he requested a copy of the Directive so that he could show it to the German authorities.

 

3.       JF raised the issue of tuberculosis in deer. He explained that in his opinion TB (Mycobacterium bovis) was likely to be much more widespread amongst deer within Europe than was often realised. He pointed out that one and probably two French deer herds had recently been slaughtered because of TB although he thought that the owners had been compensated. This raised the question of where deer farmers could purchase deer to replace such herds or if they were starting new deer herds as was happening in Scotland now in response to growing demand for farmed venison and the new CAP regime. Scotland is classed as TB free but purchasing deer from elsewhere could pose risks unless a testing protocol could be set up. As a result JF had through the Veterinary Deer Society organised a conference the previous week with scientists working in TB diagnostics in deer from Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, Sweden, USA.  The conclusion had been that NZ had the greatest experience and Professor Frank Griffin who had come over for the conference was offering to allow his ELISA test to be set up in a laboratory in Edinburgh. Although it was early days in planning this testing protocol and everything would depend on co-operation from the UK Ministry of Agriculture, the intention was to use Frank Griffin’s test in the same way as it had been used in NZ to reduce the numbers of infected herds from 320 to only 2!  Briefly this required the use of a single comparative intradermal skin test using bovine tuberculin. Any animals with any visible reaction to the bovine tuberculin would then be blood sampled using the ELISA test.  JF wished to emphasise that this was still in planning stages but hoped that he would eventually be able to roll the strategy out to other countries within Europe, and wanted delegates to be aware of what was being planned.  The more blood samples that could be processed the more economical the test would become.

There was also brief discussion on transportation of deer in velvet. All agreed to give permission of vet subcommittee of FEDFA (JF, PA) to meet administration in Brussels to discuss it together with TB issue.

4.       National Reports were presented by country representatives from 14 member states. Detailed reports will be included on web page as additional material.

 

5.   Next autumn meeting will be held in Poland. BD presented proposal to organise meeting in North- East part of Poland (http://rudzie.pl/index.php?lang=en ) in period between end of August and 15th of October. BD will prepare details on meeting venue.

6.   DP explains the event he will organize this year, in its 7th edition: international antler valuation event. It takes place in Saulstari deer farm, Sigulda, Latvia. It consists of valuation of casted or cut antlers of red and fallow deer, plus invited researchers, national authorities, and the last day there is a party event. Last time event visited the minister of agriculture of Latvia, Mrs. Laimdota Straujuma. The winner of all categories was Bomafar from Poland, with 249,50 CIC point antlers, but presents list of all categories. This year it will take place from 6-8th of August coorganized by IDUBA with conference similar to last year European Meeting on Antlers and Deer (EMAD), which will not be organized this year by TL. He invites FEDFA delegates to participate. Details will be publish at www.safariparks.lv.

7.   TL reported about IDUBA. It was proposed its creation during EMAD. After agreement on creation and proposed aims, there was a turn for candidates to president. TL was elected with 90% of the votes. The president names vicepresident, and rest of the team, and DP is vicepresident for EU. Spanish-IDUBA just now legalized, and possibly same outcome with IDUBA-Latvia. The real working aim is to become a platform of international cooperation between all sorts of companies related to deer or other wild ungulate breeding. Now it has members in 4 continents, including USA white-tailed deer breeders, Chinese companies buying deer products, Czech companies producing specialised feeds and components for deer, or New Zealand breeders, or Spanish and Russian companies selling hunting worldwide. It publishes newsletter every two weeks, as it has somebody contracted. Dr. TL suggests doing the same with FEDFA, having somebody contracted to keep daily work and international image of FEDFA. As FEDFA, IDUBA is non-profit and fees (250€/year) go nearly entirely to pay the Director of International Relationships. He distributes an information letter, and invites members of FEDFA to join and distribute it to breeders or companies that may be interested.



8.   AOB

RK mentioned that he was reached by several Russians asking about membership. He recommends them to established national association first and to have proper representation instead of to have affiliated membership (trade or industry single company) with no voting rights.

9.   Panel discussion on ‘Deer Farming in Europe: Current Challenges and Common Agricultural Policy’ has followed after lunch in lecture hall at CULS.

Panellists were FEDFA representatives from European countries, Renata Vondrakova (secretary for international relationship of Association of Private Farming of the Czech Republic, representative in COPA-COGECA). The program started with short overview about deer farming in Europe and FEDFA  and followed by Renata Vondrakova with descriptive and detailed overview of negotiated CAP 2015- 2020. Ardent discussion followed including framing CAP into global and philosophical context.

Official programme has been closed after panel discussion.

 

 

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