The European Livestock Association - ELA - was formed in 2001 to provide effective representation for European animal breeders, keepers and food producers.


The founder members of ELA included individuals and specialists from a wide range of activities and disciplines. Though animal breeders, scientists and veterinarians were the originators of ELA, it rapidly became apparent that other stakeholders, such as specialist food producers and ancillary businesses such as tourism, also were affected disproportionately by ill-prepared legislation. ELA’s mission statement has been broadened to recognise this wider constituency.


ELA comprises a committed group of international experts and informed stakeholders who together wish to help the EU Commission, national governments and individuals to develop and maintain sound sustainable systems of livestock farming and food production, with a strong emphasis on welfare, bio-security and genetic diversity across Europe.


The European Livestock Association – ELA - is a non-profit organisation, registered in the Netherlands.

The framework of ELA is officially formulated in its "Constitution".

The structure of ELA ensures continuous ‘grass root’ information, internal ‘from the bottom up’ procedures and active participation of members in all levels of ELA management.


ELA Membership is open to any individual or non-political organization sympathetic to the objectives of ELA.

Those members who serve on the Council or a committee are Active Members, all others are either Participating Members or Contributing Members.