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Enhancing collaboration in research for Livestock

Objective

RTD2Farm has a simple, yet effective strategy to increase the uptake of RTD Results by livestock farmers.
RTD2Farm will be involving the three main players of the process; RTD providers (Research centres, Universities, Industry, etc), Technology Transfer experts (Networking and Training Organisations) and Farmers (End Users).
RTD2Farm will analyse methods for knowledge and technology transfer, define Best Practice, and spread these. RTD2Farm has concentrated on pig farms, as they are the main animal for meat production in the EU. The process to optimise Knowledge and Technology Transfer should be transferable to other species, as the main Technologies are similar: Feed, Genetics/Breeding and Farm Management. Obviously there will be differences in the technologies, but the Knowledge and technology Transfer methods will be similar.
Three regions have been selected to represent the diversity of Livestock farming Regions in the EU. Benelux has a similar “farm landscape” (farm size and production techniques), covers a small area and has a high uptake of new knowledge and technologies (K&T). Austria has a very diverse farming landscape; with a very diverse uptake of K&T. Italy has more small farms where dissemination of K&T is especially challenging.
These three landscapes are a representative majority of the EU wide situation. Industry Partners will be especially keen to take these new K&T Transfer methods into their most important developing markets in the Newer Member States and beyond. A main goal of RTD2Farm is to develop Best Practice methods for a variety of K&T Transfer scenarios..
K&T Transfer from Universities has the air of being inefficient. Of course K&T Transfer by Industry is more efficient, as the research itself is very consumers oriented. The difference in the RTD developed will influence the best transfer practice. For this reason we have included both UNI and IND partners as RTD Providers in the RTD2Farm consortium to accommodate for the difference in RTD results by Universities and Industry.
RTD2Farm will develop a variety of Best Practice models for Knowledge and Technology Transfer from Research to Farm.
SMEs represent a major innovation engine in Europe and are the key drivers for the EU’s prosperity. Seven of the nine RTD2Farm members are SMEs.
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Coordinator

VETERINAERMEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Address

Veterinaerplatz 1
1210 Vienna

Austria

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 179 865

Administrative Contact

Barbara Greineder (Ms.)

Participants (10)

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ENCO SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 94 160

NUTRITION SCIENCES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 118 556

LEBENSMITTELVERSUCHANSTALT

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 100 823

CENTRO RICERCHE PRODUZIONI ANIMALI - C.R.P.A. S.P.A.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 99 378

RATTLEROW SEGHERS HOLDING NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 93 625

CAMPO BO' SOCIETA SEMPLICE AGRICOLA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 45 475

MOSER ANDREAS MAS

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 27 470

VERBAND OESTERREICHISCHER SCHWEINEBAUERN VEREIN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 79 180

VERENIGING VARKENSHOUDERS - VEVA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 61 273

Eutema Technology Management GmbH & Co KG

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 85 600

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265661

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2011

  • End date

    31 May 2013

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 106 442

  • EU contribution

    € 985 405

Coordinated by:

VETERINAERMEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

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