The Cattle commission’s work is sectoral oriented, i.e. it deals with dairy and beef husbandry, including young stock, fattening bulls and suckler cows. It focusses on science, extension and innovation in those sectors and the surrounding chains.


The strategies of the Cattle Commission are to organise a scientific program each year at the EAAP annual meeting, to support young scientist’s activities, to organise regularly a debate session and to continue and enhance cooperation with other organisations. The application of know-how is a major goal, which is ideally combined with innovative aspects related to the development of cattle husbandry.


Please find here below some examples of publications by members of the Cattle Commission.

  • Hocquette J.-F. (2016). Is in vitro meat the solution for the future?. Meat Science, 120, 167-176. DOI : 10.1016/j.meatsci.2016.04.036
  • Bonny S.P.F., Gardner G.E., Pethick D.W., Hocquette J.F., 2017. Artificial meat and the future of the meat industry. Animal Production Science, 57(11), 2216-2223.
  • Hocquette J.F., Ellies-Oury M.P., Lherm M., Pineau C., Deblitz C., Farmer L., 2018. Current situation and future prospects for beef production in Europe. Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Science, 31 (7), 1017-1035. DOI : 10.5713/ajas.18.0196
  • Bonny S., O’Reilly A., Pethick D.W., Gardner G.E., Hocquette J.-F., Pannier L. (2018). Update of Meat Standards Australia and the cuts based grading scheme for beef and sheepmeat. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 17 (7), 1641-1654. DOI : 10.1016/S2095-3119(18)61924-0.
  • Bonny S.P.F., Hocquette J.-F., Pethick D.W., Legrand I., Wierzbicki J., Allen P., Farmer L.J., Polkinghorne R.J., Gardner G.E. 2018. The variability of the eating quality of beef can be reduced by predicting consumer satisfaction. Animal, 12, 2434-2442. DOI : 10.1017/S1751731118000605.

Other activities

The Cattle Network Working Group has been established under the responsibility of the Cattle Commission in order to target exchanges between research and the industry in the cattle sector.

Its main aims are as follows:

  • Monitor and discuss trends in production and consumption of cattle products and policy measures affecting the cattle sector
  • Analyse the sustainability of cattle farming in order to ensure the meeting of market demand and consumers’ preferences for quality and safe food, contributing to rural employment, landscape and environment management.
  • Give common and standardized tools to present and describe farm management.
  • Follow previous organization as far as meetings, publications and relationships are concerned.

Future plans

The future plans of the cattle commission are to reinforce collaboration with other organisations and to enhance the activities of the Cattle Network Working Group

Sessions during the last EAAP meetings

At the annual meeting in Ghent (2019), the Cattle Commission chaired or co-chaired the following sessions:

  • Young Train: Innovative Dairy Research and Extension (in cooperation with Young Scientists Club; includes NOVUS award) – Early-career scientist‘s
  • Differentiation of consumer oriented milk and meat products. Theme session
  • Beef farming and products towards the future – Theme session.
  • Metabolic diseases in dairy cows: strategies for their reduction – Discovery session.
  • Impact of environmental challenges and consumer demands on cattle response traits and farming systems – Bottom-up session
  • Limits in production growth – on level of cow and farm and industry (ADSA-EAAP seminar, C, Ph)– Discovery session

Sessions for the next EAAP meeting

At the next EAAP meeting in Porto (2020), the Cattle Commission will managed the following sessions alone or in collaboration with other commissions and/or other organisations:

Young Train: Innovative research and extension in cattle
28/08/2020, 08:30 – 12:30

FreeWalk symposium on “Future of housing for dairy cattle”
28/08/2020, 08:30 – 12:30

Responsiveness of the dairy cattle industry to social needs
28/08/2020, 08:30 – 12:30

Applied behaviour in cattle
28/08/2020, 08:30 – 12:30

Integration of beef and dairy production
28/08/2020, 08:30 – 12:30

Novel or adapted husbandry approaches – cow/calf separation, access to grazing, environmental enrichment
28/08/2020, 08:30 – 12:30

Lameness in cattle
28/08/2020, 08:30 – 12:30

Collaborative international research related to beef quality
28/08/2020, 08:30 – 12:30

Combating the increasingly negative consumer opinion on livestock’s contribution to climate change
28/08/2020, 08:30 – 12:30

Physiological basis of PLF technologies to infer on animal health, welfare and production efficiency in cattle
28/08/2020, 08:30 – 12:30

Data-based PLF solutions for the cattle sector: opportunities, challenges and pitfalls
28/08/2020, 14:00 – 17:00

Dairy4Future project
28/08/2020, 14:00 – 17:00

Commission Members

Jean François Hocquette
INRA (France)

Sven König (Germany)
Andreas Foskolos (UK)

Massimo De Marchi
Padova University (Italy)

Ray Keatinge
Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (UK)

Industry Representatives
Karsten Maier (Belgium)
Cătălin Necula (Ireland)

Young Scientist
Akke Kok (The Netherlands)