Synergy for preventing damaging behaviour in group housed pigs and chickens
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Kick-off for the GroupHouseNet working groups!
We held the third Management Committee meeting of
GroupHouseNet on November 10th followed by working group
meetings on November 10th and 11th, 2016 in the wonderful
city of Belgrade, at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade.
Representatives of 24 countries were present and contributed to discussions of
management and implementation of the Action. Key areas of focus of the MC
meeting were decisions regarding the location of future meetings (Skopje,
Republic of Macedonia in June, 2017; Bilbao, Spain in November 2017). The
meeting June in Skopje will focus on involvement of international stakeholders.
The focus of the meeting with the stakeholders will probably be on keeping
laying hens and pigs without beak trimming or tail docking, as this is an
important topic in many EU countries. During the MC meeting, we also looked
back at the first successful GroupHouseNet Training School, that was also held
in Belgrade, preceding the MC and working group meetings. The Training School
was a success, with a lot of interactions between participants and trainees
from 14 different European countries. The Training School has also provided
ideas for further research within the network and for new collaborations and
STSMs. Furthermore, the three working group leaders provided updates for
planned activities in their working group and the map of countries, research
groups and individual researchers involved in the network was presented.
The focus of this meeting was to get the three
GroupHouseNet working groups on the road, and we think we have succeeded in
that mission. The three working groups met separately and first each presented
his or her research and ideas to the other working group members. Then, the
planned review papers and other activities were discussed in each working group
and the plans were adjusted according to the internal discussions. Reports from the Working Group meetings can be seen below. On Friday
afternoon, we had a plenary meeting with all the working groups and the plans
for each working group were summarised by the working group leaders. This has
provided a good basis to start working on the review papers and further develop
plans for Training Schools and STSMs. We look forward to the next meeting in
June 2017 in Skopje!