Not all of these methods are used and some appear to be relatively unknown in the poultry sector.The aim of this research was to investigate the animal friendliness, the efficacy and the feasibility of those alternatives.Research approachFirst, surveys of poultry veterinarians as well as poultry farmers (broilers and turkeys) were done to determine
Research on humane methods for killing individual poultry on-farm
Main research questionIndividual farmers are coached to take measures that will make their farming more climate resilient and climate friendly.Research approachWe are developing a climate trajectory that consists of a climate scan and a climate course for a number of companies from three sectors (dairy farming, potato farming and pig farming).
Climate actions with economic potential on farm
News | 06/05/2019
Short-chain marketing facilitates ON FARM research by ILVO
ILVO is setting up a structural research collaboration with a number of farms active in short-chain farm marketing.
This is partly due to limited cultivation knowledge (varieties, bacterial inoculum, cultivation mechanization) and partly due to the lack of a local chickpea processing chain.
Building a local chickpea processing chain
This makes subsequent pilot-scale processing experiments unfeasible. In other cases, new alternative protein sources in the exploratory phase of primary production are also only available in very small amounts for further testing and analysis.
Small-scale innovative food processing equipment
News | 26/09/2023
Dairy farm losses from heat waves quantified
Agricultural economists juxtaposed long-term production figures from all Flemish dairy farms with recorded weather events to assess the economic damage caused by heat.
Main research questionIn Flanders, large amounts of food loss occur among farmers and other entrepreneurs. The volumes are often too small and spread out to operate profitably.
Processing food losses via the social economy
News | 25/11/2022
Unique protein processing line helps companies get started with innovative proteins
Jo Brouns opened the protein processing line with 20 new devices at the Food Pilot. The infrastructure allows food companies and researchers to test out the entire process from raw alternative protein source to pure ready-to-eat protein ingredient on a pilot scale.
News | 03/07/2020
Rearing Belgian Blue cattle at the De Serrano farm
Meet the De Serrano family, third-generation cattle farmers in Belgium. They rear Belgian double-muscled beef cattle (so-called "Belgian Blues").