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Expression of conditioned preference for low-quality food in sheep is modulated by foraging costs by F. Catanese, R. A. Distel and J. J. Villalba. Past positive experiences can increase herbivores’ motivation to eat low-quality foods. However, this is not always translated into a higher preference for low-quality foods in choice tests among foods of higher nutritional quality. Foraging behavior is also affected by properties of the feeding context because the quality and abundance of foods in nature change in time and space. To continue to read the article please click:


Elections for Study Commissions Positions:

As each year, it is time to select new members of the Commissions. This year we will have the new President in the Genetic Commission, and open positions in eight out of nine Commissions. Please participate actively, the deadline for submission candidacies is Saturday 15thAugust, therefore you have time!

For those who want to submit their candidacy for the available positions, please read well the specific information at the link below:

Instructions for submit the candidacies 

Events & Meetings

RuminOmics Regional Workshop – Warsaw, Poland

Title: Improving efficiency of production and reducing environmental impact

Date: 1st – 2nd September 2015

Venue: The Westin Warsaw

The aim of the workshop is to present the outputs from the project and discuss how they can be implemented to derive win-win solutions that benefit both the efficiency of ruminant production in the region and the environment.

The workshop, which is free to attend, will be invaluable to farming and breeding organisations, extension workers, research scientists, NGOs and policy makers particularly from Poland, Baltic States, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine.

There are also funds available for early career scientists from Eastern Europe.

To register go to:

For more information on financial support, programme and speakers, visit the project website:


Animine Academy in Paris (France)

The 1st Animine Academy will be held in Paris on September 10th – 11th and is jointly organized by EAAP and Animine. The conference will be dealing with growth promoters, nutritional requirements and mineral supplementation in domestic animals diet. There will be six major invited speakers and open discussions. Registration is already open. For more information: