Nutrition Sciences N.V. is WP2 leader in the FP7 project RTD2Farm
RTD2Farm has a simple, yet effective strategy to increase the uptake of RTD results by livestock farmers.
RTD2Farm analyses methods for knowledge and technology transfer, define Best Practice, and spread these. RTD2Farm has concentrated on pig production, 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.
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).
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.