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Promoting a sustainable livestock sector in Europe

ATF Seminar: new challenges for innovating toward sustainable livestock

Animal Task Force's 4th seminar

Putting the i in livestock
Innovating for a productive and sustainable livestock sector

On November 5, the 4th Animal Task Force Seminar took place in Brussels. The Animal Task Force’s Seminar ‘Putting the i in livestock- innovating for a competitive and sustainable livestock sector’ brought together researchers, industry representatives, policy-makers and societal organisation to discuss the new challenges to innovate for a sustainable livestock sector. 

The Seminar focused on key challenges for innovation and ways to turn the excellent research being done in Europe into practice. Inspiring examples from innovative businesses were central at the Seminar. Representatives from Ynsect, UNIFORM-Agri, Elanco and Vencomatic Group presented examples of enabling technologies for societal change from their companies. Together with key-note speakers from the research arena and policy-makers, the discussion focussed on how we can further enhance innovation that supports a sustainable development of a competitive animal sector in Europe.

The regulatory environment and subsidies can be hurdles to stimulate investments in innovations. Also the ‘orgware’ and ‘software’ aspects of innovation should be taken into account. Strong communicators are needed to translate scientific findings to practical solutions, sound training programmes and on-farm demonstrations. 

Please find below the presentations of the 4th ATF Seminar

   Martin Scholten, President Animal Task Force

Innovating animal production for a food secure world
  Sebastien Treyer, IDDRI / SUSFOOD ERAnet

Innovation: what is it and how does it work? 
  Philippe Baret, University of Louvain

Innovating sustainable animal production and the European research arena
   Iman Boot, European Innovation Partnership on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability 
   Bernhard Polten, Standing Committee on Agricultural Research – Sustainable Animal Production CWG

Enabling technologies for societal change - breaking innovations in the animal sector
   Novel Feed -  Benjamin Armenjon, Ynsect
   Precision livestock farming - Harm-Jan van der Beek, UNIFORM-Agri
   Animal health - Jan van Unen, Elanco
   Farm Systems -
Theo Hoen, CEO Vencomatic group

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