About RTD2Farm

Livestock industry, especially farming industry is the industrial sector with one of the lowest budget for R&D in Europe. What counts first is production – the readiness to test innovations like new process products and technologies is limited. Introducing novel research findings and technologies into new markets or even existing markets in the livestock area is therefore always a challenge for research and technology providers.

In order to arise awareness for new research results and their possible impact on livestock industry RTD2Farm has a simple strategy to increase the uptake of RTD Results by livestock farmers:

RTD2Farm will collect public financed research results, analyse methods for knowledge and technology transfer, define Best Practice, and spread research results in a user friendly language to farmers and multipliers via a knowledge platform . RTD2Farm has concentrated on pig production, as they are the main animal for meat production in the EU. The process to optimise Knowledge and Technology Transfer should be transferable to other species, as the main Technologies are similar: Feed, Genetics/Breeding and Farm Management. Obviously there will be differences in the technologies, but the Knowledge and technology Transfer methods will be similar.

RTD2Farm will be involving the three main players of the process; RTD providers (Research centres, Universities, Industry, etc.), Technology Transfer experts (Networking and Training Organisations) and Farmers (End Users).

Three regions have been selected to represent the diversity of Livestock farming Regions in the EU. Benelux has a similar “farm landscape” (farm size and production techniques), covers a small area and has a high uptake of new knowledge and technologies (K&T). Austria has a very diverse farming landscape; with a very diverse uptake of K&T. Italy has more small farms where dissemination of K&T is especially challenging.