Amelis, Genoe and Urceo are forming a union of cooperatives, Evolution, which will include pigs, goats, horses, rabbits and dairy and beef cattle. Evolution will begin operations on January 1, 2013, and the multi-species group will become the leader in France, the second largest in Europe and seventh largest in the world, according to organizers.
Evolution's activities include genetic selection, animal reproduction management, embryos and animal trade. Goals of the group include keeping genetic and biotechnology ownership in breeders' hands through the cooperative, improving research and development investments in strategic activities to bring innovations and differentiation to markets, and developing genetic activities internationally.
The Evolution project started in 2011, based on the awareness that the three cooperatives had common points of view. With the world's growing needs for food, increasing environmental stakes and technological revolutions, the three cooperatives of Western France decided to unite.