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5th Newsletter

With the first EURAKNOS KIP (Knowledge innovation panel: experts, researchers, farmers, other stakeholders) meeting in Budapest behind us, Consortium partners took time to process the experiences from the event, then continued to work with renewed vigour. We would like to thank the KIP members for taking part and providing lots of useful input during all of our workshops to enable us to progress with the project.
During the Budapest meeting the main agricultural challenges were discussed in relation to the main challenges for future thematic networks. Based on that the experts brainstormed on how an ideal TN would look like.

Look at the video for more information about Budapest workshop!

A second working group meeting will take place in Paris from 11th to 13th December. This event will help to determine the harmonised approach and the best design and format for a High Impact Knowledge Repository (HIKR) to be used in projects such as Thematic Networks (TNs) and other multi-actor projects. We will also establish the best ways to disseminate, communicate and inform end-users through a targeted approach. Moreover, one workshop dedicated to the multi-actor approach will help define the best practices and methods to foster the multi-actor approach for the production of knowledge.The working group will bring together expert stakeholders and TNs from across Europe.

Focus on a thematic network: DISARM

DISARM (Disseminating Innovative Solutions for Antibiotic Resistance Management) started in the beginning of this year.  It is a collaboration between farmers, veterinarians, advisory services, academics and industry with the aim to reduce antibiotic resistance by minimising the need for antibiotic use in livestock farming. Their main focus is on disease prevention and animal health. 
The network exchanges innovative approaches between industries and countries to share best practice and promote prudent and responsible antibiotic use across the whole EU livestock sector.

The project has created a community of practice on Facebook to create exchanges and discussions and facilitate their multi-actor approach.
Watch this video to learn more about this project.

What is happening in the TN community?

EU PIG Thematic network published a Press Release on 1st of October: Pig producers urged to enter 2020 EU PiG Grand Prix.

The 2020 EU Pig Innovation Group (EU PiG) Grand Prix is open for entries until 31 January 2020. All pig producers are invited to enter their innovative ideas and examples of on-farm best practice in this annual EU-wide contest, with up to 300 producers competing to become an EU PiG Ambassador.
Europe’s most innovative grassland farmers have received international awards for their innovation and commitment to excellence in grassland. This initiative is part of the three-year Inno4grass thematic network project funded by Horizon 2020. The lighthouse farmers represent the eight member states Germany, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden. In the Inno4grass newsletter and in this video, the winners are briefly introduced to you.
The SheepNet EU project is coming to an end. With seven partner countries, the past three years have seen 6 transnational workshops, 130 solutions and practical tips gathered, 21 factsheets developed, 80 YouTube videos produced and much more. Join SheepNet, an EU Network, to increase sheep productivity and flock profitability through knowledge exchange! To celebrate, they are hosting a Final UK SheepNet seminar on 23rd Oct 2019! 

Video of the month!

AFINET - Sheep as forest managers - Management of young forest stands by grazing sheep

Otto Makkonen introduces the Vaahermäki farm, an agroforestry system combining sheep and forests. The farm was established in the late 1800s. 

Watch this video (subtitles are available in English) and read more about this topic here.

Upcoming events across the TN community

  • 19-20th of November: EURAKNOS will be presented during the SWG AKIS meeting in Lithuania

  • 2nd-4th of December, DISARM annual meeting in Brussels. 

  • 12-13th of December, EURAKNOS workshop in Paris.

EIP-AGRI and EU events

Thought of the month

Welcome October, autumn’s here already. Time of rain and conferences. After the first EURAKNOS KIP meeting in Budapest, it’s our pleasure that KIP members are ready to join the next working group in Paris. If you wish to join, contact Lies.Harinck@UGent.be
The Euraknos project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 817863
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