Practice-led innovation supported by science and market-driven actors in the laying hen and other livestock sectors

    Project: EU research project

    Project Details


    Using the laying hen sector as a case study, we aim to demonstrate the potential for practice-driven innovation networks, supported by existing science and market-driven actors, to develop practical cost-effective solutions to sustainability challenges (objective 1). Multi-stakeholder networks will develop technical innovations to injurious pecking and the management of end-of-lay hens concerns based on practice, economics and scientific information (objective 2). A generic “support package” of communication web based tools, facilitation guides and on-line training programmes, designed to help science and market- driven actors, will then be available to support practice-driven innovation networks in other livestock sectors (objective 3). Finally we will develop policy recommendations that help realize the full potential of practice-driven innovation through multi stakeholder networks in livestock sectors (objective 4). This project will tackle four challenges associated with the need for grass-root innovation highlighted in the Horizon 2020 call; 1) legitimacy by robust practical and financial evaluation, 2) accessibility by communication between producers and existing innovation support actors, 3) connectivity by an industry-led dissemination strategy ensuring information about innovations are widely spread using existing communication tools and finally 4) sufficient resource by production of a support package and policy recommendations that facilitate better interaction of science-driven and practice-driven innovation. The success of this approach to the laying hen sector and other sectors will be evaluated by the ability of the network to encourage practice-led innovation, check the effectiveness of the innovation, ensure optimum use of scientific information, provide a route for traditional knowledge transfer when required, disseminate results of innovation to others and ensure that policy is informed by practice-led solutions.
    Effective start/end date1/01/1531/08/17

    Research Output

    • 1 Conference paper
    • 1 Article

    HENNOVATION: Learnings from promoting practice-led multi-actor innovation networks to address complex animal welfare challenges within the laying hen industry

    van Dijk, L., Buller, H. J., Blokhuis, H. J., van Niekerk, T., Voslarova, E., Manteca, X., Weeks, C. A. & Main, D. C. J., 1 Jan 2019, In : Animals. 9, 1, 24.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Enabling Practice-driven Innovation in the Animal Production Sector

    Dijk, L., Buller, H., MacAllister, L. K., Baker, P., Mul, M. F., Neijenhuis, F., Plomp, M., Wichman, A., Yngvesson, J., Temple, D., Zak, J., Jozefova, J., Stokes, J., Weeks, C. A. & Main, D. J. C., Jul 2017. 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paperProfessional

    Open Access