On April 28, the traditional congress of the Stud-book Selle Français was held. In addition to ethical and financial reports, there is an opportunity to renew part of the board of directors. A symbol of the association’s dynamism, the ballot authorized the election of approximately 20 new administrators, dedicated and passionate men and women. As explained by Pascal Cadiou, the president has extended his term for a third time.
As in livestock, the contribution of new blood to the management of a key industry organization often presents great opportunities. In any case, this is what Pascal Cadiou is convinced of. “The Board of Directors is getting younger and more feminine, which is important. This shows that we managed to mobilize new activists. All the elected candidates made interesting confessions of faith where one felt a desire to professionalize livestock operations and strengthen Selle Français’ place in the future of the industry. . We must all be aware of the essential need to grow in order to maintain the position of the selection agencies, especially as in the future the Société hippique française (SHF) will soon acquire the status of an agency. performance control. It is for this essential reason that Pascal Cadiou has chosen to relaunch and thus continue the work of strengthening the Selle Français.
Choosing a strategy for the future
Now that the committees have been formed and assembled for the first time, they will tackle the various projects unfolding, starting with aligning legal and financial regulations with the law. Europe’s new zoo specification, the famous RZUE. “Transforming it into French law through the Rural Code is underway,” Pascal Cadiou said. “We have been anticipating this topic since 2018, the year we received our first approval. We may have to make some adjustments, but the essentials are in place. ” Indeed, as of 1 November 2018, European Regulation 2016/1012 on animal technical conditions and pedigrees applies to the breeding, trade and entry into the European Union of animals Purebred breeds and their germ products (semen, embryos, ovules) are applicable to all Member States*. The problems abound. This includes improving the competitiveness of French animal genetics and of the French breed in general, to the conservation of French animal genetic resources, the maintenance of strict and efficient breed management, and the French’s contribution to European genetics high performance is recognized at the world level, which, when we observe the performance of Selle Français on the international stage, seems to be on the right track.
New tools for better selection
Along with these changes, Selle Français must convert its textbook regulations into a true selection program, which must then be submitted to the Department of Agriculture before the end of 2022. “We still use the term exclusively for sport horses and Selle Français,”Pascal Cadiou said. “So now we have to use common vocabulary for all animal husbandry organizations.” These regulatory changes will have an impact on industry operations. Another important reflection: Sports three years. “As much as the two- and three-year-old female lines with their finals at Fontainebleau, the ponies and brood mares, or the testing of the mares progressing, the three-year-old Sports classes are plummeting, albeit increasing. financial incentives”, observe Pascal Cadiou. Therefore, a survey of breeders will be conducted to determine the reason for this decline and thus increase the attractiveness of the circuit. Ultimately, Stud-book aspires to develop the transfer of knowledge and information to increase the available data on reproductive animals (males and females) for better production. “It is important to communicate through different tools, especially to inform about initial registration methods,” he said. he specified. These cases still account for 10% of annual births, or about 700 files. In a similar view, Selle Français will continue her work on tools to aid in hybridization, in particular by assessing the potential of genomics. “We already have a number of tools, whether performance indicators or stallion production data according to their age and production volume in the show and event sectors**. Studies must be continued, as has been done in other species, where selection is based on well-defined criteria regarding genetic inheritance. ” The thousands of available data are still cross-referenced, aggregated, and translated into tools and knowledge bases, with a single goal: to advance Selle Français and the industry as a whole.
* The European Union’s Regulation on Animal Engineering (RZUE) sets out rules for organizing the genetics of animals for breeders of purebred cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and horses. Its main objective is to complete the completion of the single market, i.e. free movement of breed animals and their genetic material as well as services within the European Union.
** For consultation on www.etalonsf.fr