October 2015: Knowledge exchange workshop – Injurious Pecking
A knowledge exchange workshop on injurious pecking in laying hens was held at the School of Veterinary Science of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) on the 13th and 14th of October. A total of 28 delegates including producers, veterinarians, advisors and scientists from five countries (Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom) participated in the workshop.
The main objectives of the workshop were to share scientific and practical knowledge on injurious pecking and to discuss how scientific research can be used to provide practical advice to contribute effectively to the farmer led-innovation process.
On the first day of the workshop, David Brass (UK), Magnus Jeremiasson (Sweden) and Jørgen Nyberg Larsen (Denmark) shared their experiences on how to prevent injurious pecking. The three speakers emphasized the importance of management and illustrated this with examples from their home countries. Maarten Vrolijk (The Netherlands) discussed how to integrated scientific knowledge into producers’ networks. Maarten made clear that there are no blueprints to integrate scientific knowledge into producer driven innovation and that good communication skills are fundamentally important to foster the dialogue between producers and scientists. Each presentation was followed by a very active discussion among all participants.
On the second day, Thea van Niekerk reviewed the scientific knowledge on injurious pecking and presented the project knowledge platform. Claire Weeks presented the main sources of information which are currently available on injurious pecking. Finally, participants split into three different working groups to discuss the best strategies to facilitate practice driven innovation and foster the dialogue between producers, advisors and scientists.
The workshop provided an excellent opportunity to discuss not only the science and practice behind injurious pecking prevention, but also more general issues related to the strategies to facilitate knowledge exchange between different stakeholders in the livestock industry..