Living Lab Veehouderij
The ILVO Living Lab 'Animal Husbandry' aims to accelerate research innovation and valorization and to make it accessible to all stakeholders in the livestock sector.
This 'living lab' aims to promote practice-based innovation in the sector through co-creation and experimentation under real-life conditions. Livestock farmers, suppliers, processors, retailers, sector organizations, government, practice centers and research institutions can develop their ideas and areas for improvement through knowledge exchange and experiments done in the Living Lab.
A Living Lab develops solutions through collaboration (co-creation), tests and refines concepts under real-life conditions (experimentation) and effectively implements and follows up in practice (evaluation). The the Living Lab Animal Husbandry also disseminates the knowledge and innovations developed on a variety of communication channels.
Tailored to your needs, professional, confidential and with a strong network: together we proactively look for solutions. The strength of the concept lies in the co-creation: by joining forces and talking openly with each other, new opportunities are discovered and solutions can be developed, tested, refined and ultimately implemented in practice.
Expertise and infrastructure
ILVO makes its expertise, research results and infrastructure available to the entire food chain: including farmers, the processing industry, supplying companies, the distribution chain, consumers and citizens. Together we proactively work on tailor-made solutions!
Overview of co-creation opportunities: small livestock, cattle and pigs
Technological support for primary producer or processor in the Food Pilot via KRATOS
Analyses in the Animal Marine Laboratory (ANIMALAB): small cattle, cattle or pigs
Infrastructure and expertise: small livestock, dairy and beef cattle, pigs
Cattle Information Center | Pig Information Center | Poultry Information Center
The ILVO Living Lab Animal Husbandry is based on three desks: the Beef Office, the Poultry Office and the Pig Office. These are a personal and specialized point of contact for each sub-sector of livestock farming.
The ILVO Living Lab Animal Husbandry with its three offices forms a platform for cooperation and interaction between the actors in the livestock sector. In this way, the 'living lab' transcends the operations of ILVO. There is a lot of knowledge present in the Flemish research and practice institutions and together they have modern (test) barn infrastructure. In addition, there is also a great deal of professional knowledge available among livestock farmers and other actors in the sector. The power lies in combining this experience, knowledge and infrastructure to arrive at new knowledge tailored to the company or sector via co-creation.
The core tasks of the counters are threefold:
Translate and disseminate research results and practical knowledge to the livestock sector
Answer questions objectively and expertly based on scientific literature and practical knowledge
Capture needs from practice in order to make research more relevant to practice.
Bart Sonck - Living Lab Animal Husbandry
Sarah De Smet - Pig Information Center Coordinator
Karolien Langendries - Poultry Information Center Coordinator
Matthieu Frijlink - Cattle Information Center Coordinatorr
Carolien De Cuyper - Pig co-creation expert
Saskia Leleu - Small Livestock co-creation expert
Leen Vandaele - Cattle co-creation expert
Frank Tuyttens - Animal Welfare co-creation expert
Johan De Boever/Laid Douidah - Animal Marine Laboratory (ANIMALAB)
With the Living Lab Livestock, ILVO aims to accelerate practice-oriented innovation and make it accessible to all actors in the livestock sector. Livestock farmers, suppliers, processors, retailers, sector organizations, government, practical centers and research institutions can develop their ideas and points for improvement through knowledge exchange and experiments in the living lab. There is a personal and specialized contact point for each subsector: