The Italian Breeders’ Association (AIA) was founded in Rome on 20 August 1944 to revitalize national livestock breeding programs devastated by World War II. Our mission is in article 3 of our Statute: “The association is of a technical and economic nature. Its aim is to promote initiatives which can usefully contribute to a rapid improvement in livestock, enhancing value and the value of products”.
The initial structure has now grown and has branches all over Italy, supporting all sectors of livestock breeding and offering a wide range of technical services to boost competitiveness and sustainability for breeders.
Competences & Capabilities
AIA is the Italian official organization in charge of livestock performance recording for management and genetic improvement purposes.
- 1100 technicians for milk and meat performance recording and 700 for extension service.
- 46.000 farmers (23.000 dairy farms).
- 80% of the total milk produced yearly in Italy.
- More than 250,000 days per year spent on farms.
- A net of 22 laboratory for milk analysis.
- Member of ICAR, Interbull, EAAP (European Association for Animal Productions), FIL-IDF (International Dairy Federation), WAAP (World Association for Animal Production).
Partner in the following EIT Food projects
However, farmer adoption of these technologies is often limited and therefore the benefits are not realised
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