GABI's partnerships with the breeding industry date back to the 1966 Livestock Breeding Act. GABI assumes its mission on the genetic evaluation of bovine and equine reproducing animals and an expertise with the Ministry of Agriculture, the CNAG (National Commission for Genetic Improvement) and its different committees and working groups. This long lasting collaboration has led to a trustworthy partnership, being reflected in its structures and approaches.
The 2006 Act confirmed the main missions of INRA but renewed GABI's partnerships within the framework of the new genetic interprofession for ruminants "France Génétique Elevage" (FGE for France Genetics Breeding). GABI works closely with its selection partners, notably the Institut de l'Elevage (Idele, French Breeding Institute) and Allice (French Artificial Insemination Federation). A Joint Technological Unit (UMT) associating GABI, Idele, and Allice was renewed in 2011 by the Ministry of Agriculture for the bovine population management and genomic selection. In horses, a large part of the activity is carried out with IFCE (Institut Francais du Cheval et de l'Equitation), especially genetic evaluation. In poultry farming and aquaculture, the SYSAAF (French professional association for selection in aquaculture and poultry farming) has a major role in bringing together average size companies working in these fields. In spite of transfert to Toulouse of pig selection activities, GABI keeps strong links with IFIP (Institut de la Filière Porcine).
These lasting collaborations with animal selection professionals exceed by far the field of genetic evaluation. We are continuously involved in the definition of selection objectives. We have also a long experience in the training of doctoral students (cofinanced by the profession) who then go on to be leaders of these organisations.
In genomics, our partnership has been renewed with AGENAE, a French association for developing scientific interests created en 2001 and involving INRA, CIRAD (French Center of Agricultural Research for Developing Countries) and industrial partners organised into four groups according to species (ApisGene for ruminants, Cipa for fish, BioPorc for pig, and AgenAvi for poultry). AGENAE works together with its different partners to debate on the research guidance process in animal genomics and on financial support. Many programs financially supported by the ANR, in particular those for cattle (genomic selection, QTL mapping, study of "new" traits ...) fit within this framework and are cofinanced by AGENAE's partners.
GABI has been playing an important role in the characterization and management of animal genetic resources. This mission is now illustrated by the leadership in the large "Investment of the Future" project « CRB-Anim » gathering many public and private key partners and stakeholders over a large range of domestic animal species.