The FBN is supervised by a board of curators with executive functions and a scientific advisory committee with consultative functions. A director coordinates, manages and administers the institute.
The FBN is moving towards a systemic research strategy for solving complex research questions by exploiting interdisciplinary synergisms between the various focuses of its research institutes.
The 240 staff members employed by the FBN include 60 scientists with expertise in the agricultural sciences, biology, veterinary medicine, physics and mathematics. They cooperate in investigating the genetics, reproduction, nutrition, behaviour and growth and development of farm animals.
The Institute’s premises cover about 200 000 m². The FBN staff is provided with 4 000 m² of office and work space as well as 4 900 m² of laboratory space.
According to its specific tasks, the FBN's administration is adequately equipped and structured into three main sections: General Administration and Personal Affairs, Finance and Purchasing, and Real Estate and Construction.
The Large Animal Facilities of the FBN can provide housing for 450 livestock units (cattle, pig, sheep, goat, horse). An experimental slaughterhouse is on site. As an alternative to the use of experimental animals, in-vitro-techniques are applied wherever feasible.
The FBN publishes the internationally renowned "Archives Animal Breeding"