Progress and updates of the PPILOW National Practitioners Groups (NPG)

– by Martina Re (AIAB)

During this period of the PPILOW project, the work package facilitating the project multiactor approach has strengthen the relationship with the NPG facilitators through individual meetings. The meetings had the purpose to understand the state of the art of each NPG, including improvements, experiments implementation and obstacles met during the last months. The NPG facilitators are currently working on change management and on-farm set-up of PPILOW innovations with a specific attention to the development of the on-farm experiments previously tested by PPILOW partners. On farm trials tested so far consist of innovative farrowing huts for sows, dual purpose chicken breeds and the use of plant extracts for supporting the animals immune systems against pathogens and parasites.