Stoneleigh event looks at farmers and researchers working closer together

Input from a Danish pig research scientist and a case study focus on an English pig unit are listed as features of an innovation event taking place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on May 19, to explore how farmers and researchers can work closer together to improve outputs and farm profitability.

A one-day conference, organised by Innovation for Agriculture and the European Animal Task Force, the event is designed to “improve the understanding of the different roles farmers and scientists play in the innovation process”.

“We hope that by sharing experiences from both the farmer and researcher perspective, others will be inspired to collaborate for mutual benefit,” said the event’s organisers.

The programme includes:

  • Reconnecting the research pipeline—why is it important for UK agricultural productivity?
  • How can farmers and researchers deliver sustainable intensification through a total farm system approach?
  • Researchers’ experiences of working with farmers: input coming from Scotland (beef), Denmark (pigs), Ireland (dairy) and the Netherlands (poultry).
  • Farmer case studies: working with researchers. A horse stud, dairy producer and pig producer from England, and a Dutch poultry producer.
  • Breakout groups will be asked key questions to come up with some definitive action points for both farmers, researchers and commercial companies to take away.

The programme runs from 10am-4pm and is free for farmers. Booking is essential, however.

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