If the signs are correct, this date will go down in history as an important day for European collaboration on poultry knowledge and education. In Barneveld, representatives of five countries shared their ideas and wishes to act together on the challenges the European poultry sector is and will be facing.
The European Conference on Poultry Knowledge and Education had a practical approach. After a proposal round (attached you will find the list of attendants) and introductions by the municipality of Barneveld and the Poultry Expertise Centre (PEC), the participants contributed in a brainstorm session about the challenges and opportunities on poultry knowledge at European level, and formulated the start of a plan of action.
After the first brainstorm the participants visited some of the facilities and the restaurant of the Groenhorst and PTC+ in Barneveld, followed by the second brainstorm session on the main themes of the conference. While the conclusions and definitions of actions were shared, the bus was already waiting to take the group of 25 poultry professionals to egg grading and packing technology company Moba. With a market share of 81 percent, Moba is world leader in its field. While shown around the factory floors and warehouse, the participants learned why.
Conclusions of the conferenceAfter a busy day of brainstorming, networking and learning, the participants shared their final conclusions in the city hall of Barneveld. The main conclusions are as followed:
- Poultry business (as well as knowledge and education system) in each participating country is a rather small one.
- Due to this, it is essential to collaborate on European level – this will generate added value.
The next steps:
- Collaboration is agreed, financial possibilities need to be investigated.
- We will make contact with the WPSA concerning the translation of knowledge from scientific to applied level.
- Nigel Renaghan (Ireland) will plug the idea of a basis pilot training for the poultry farmer organizations.
- A target group initialized by PEC will provide E-learning/BTEC to the participants.
- A concrete proposal for collaboration will be made. Suggestion: per country a PEC concept should be developed, these organizations should work together as a “European PEC”. The Poultry Expertise Centre will support in this.
- We will start with a core group that coordinates the further development of the themes and conclusions of this conference. Participants that are interested to participate in the core group, please contact Eltjo Bethlehem (email@example.com).
The European Conference on Poultry Knowledge and Education proved to be a promising first step for initiating a collaboration on European level. The five participating countries share each other’s challenges and suggestions and are enthusiastically looking forward to take the next step.
List of participants
- Ernst Beitler, CAH Vilentum Dronten, Netherlands, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Eltjo Bethlehem, Poultry Expertise Centre, Netherlands, email@example.com
- Jos Berkvens, Municipality of Barneveld, Netherlands, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bea Bollaert, VABI Roeselare, Belgium, email@example.com
- Magnus Börjesson, Regional development government Linköping, Sweden, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bertus Bronkhorst, PTC+, Netherlands, email@example.com
- Hilko Ellen, WUR, Netherlands, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brian Ervine, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, United Kingdom, email@example.com
- Nils Gabrielsson, Consultancy Spänga, Sweden, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Peter Larsson, Regional development government Linköping, Sweden, email@example.com
- Jasper Heerkens, ILVO Vlaanderen, Belgium, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gerard van den Hengel, Alderman municipality of Barneveld, Netherlands
- Harm Holleman, Groenhorst Barneveld, Netherlands, email@example.com
- Ria van der Hulst-van Arkel, World Poultry Science Association (WPSA), Netherlands, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Saskia Leleu, ILVO Vlaanderen, Belgium, email@example.com
- Robert Malone, Irish Farmers organization, Ireland, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hilde Van Meirhaeghe, Poultry veterinarian consultants, Belgium, email@example.com
- Theo Nijenhuis, Region Food Valley, Netherlands, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jill Offer, Scotlands Rural College, United Kingdom, email@example.com
- Vasil Pirgozliev, Harper Adams University Newport, United Kingdom, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nigel Renaghan, Irish Farmers organization, Ireland, email@example.com
- Bas Rodenburg, WUR, Netherlands, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Paul Rose, Harper Adams University Newport, United Kingdom, email@example.com
- Pieter-Jan Vanhoutte, VABI Roeselare, Belgium, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Adriaan Vernooij, WUR, Netherlands, email@example.com