Institut de l'Élevage

Key figures


In 2013 : 247 including 185 engineers, 24 technicians and 38 administrative staff

Total budget

In 2013 : €25m

Link to associated website

The work conducted by the Institut de l’Élevage (France’s livestock institute) is part of its overall goal to provide innovation and to assemble knowledge for grazing livestock (cattle, sheep, goats and horses) and their supply chains. 

Its activities, including studies, experiments, engineering, advice and training, aim to:

  •  Improve the competitiveness of farms and the working conditions for livestock producers
  • Adapt production and livestock systems to the expectations of society (food security, animal welfare and the environment)
  • To meet the demands of the supply chain in product processing and quality initiatives from producer to consumer


Action for the farming of grazing cattle, sheep, goats and their supply chains.

The Institut de l’Élevage’s activities are based around five technical departments:

  •  Genetics and phenotypes: Phenotyping and data collection – Genetic evaluations - Management and breeding of populations. This department is the technical resource for the French livestock genetics association (known by its French initials, FGE).
  • Animal husbandry techniques and environment: Dairy production – Meat production Forage and pastoralism – Environment and buildings.
  • Farm and product quality: Meat quality – Laboratory analysis and product technology – Ruminant health and welfare – Quality of dairy products.
  • Economics: Supply chain economics - Livestock farm economics.
  • Farm work and society: Farm workmanship and social approaches - Methods and Tools for references and advice


And three transversal themes:

  1.  Information systems and data processing
  2. Knowledge of livestock systems
  3. Regional action


A partnership policy

The Institut de l’Élevage is the preferred location for professional consultation on research and development policy for herbivore production, with:

  •  Professional organisations
  • Chambers of Agriculture
  • Technical organisations
  • Economic organisations and milk, meat and horse trade associations
  • Public bodies: Ministry of Agriculture, France’s livestock office, INRA, France’s national stud and local authorities

The development of programmes is based on the work of sector committees for each species. The Institut de l’Élevage has a scientific board chaired by a scientific director from INRA.


A strong regional presence

The regional focus of the Institut de l’Élevage is one of its strengths. It is notable for:

  •  A highly decentralised structure with 13 regional sites, accompanied by 13 offices staffed by nearly two-thirds of the workforce. In addition, the institute has a presence in 10 units and experimental stations across the country. 
  • The synergistic way it works with regional organisations, particularly concerning livestock networks and experimental stations.


International openness

Since 2002, the institute has continued its policy of openness both to the European Union and internationally. Its international activities service seeks to shares the values, culture and knowledge of the professional organisations in France’s livestock sector through actions including expertise, engineering, advice and training conducted by its experts.

At the EU level, the relationships developed with partners are in particular embodied by the creation of several INTERREG projects, in which the institute is a partner or leader.


Directeur général
Génétique et Phénotypes
Techniques d’élevage et Environnement
Koenraad DUHEM
Qualité des Elevages et des Produits
Anne-Charlotte DOCKES
Métiers d'éleveurs et Société
Christophe L'Her
Responsable Communication-Marketing-Transfert
Philippe AMÉ
Service Activites Internationales