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Living Lab Animal Husbandry

Living Lab Animal Husbandry

The Living Lab Animal Husbandry (LLAH) started in 2012 within ILVO (Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) and covers the complete agrifood value chain. 


The main goal of the LLAH is promoting practice-oriented innovation in the pig, cattle, and poultry industry by co-creation, knowledge exchange and controlled experiments in research facilities and on commercial farms. 


Unique is the central role of the Pig, Cattle and Poultry Information Center within the LLAH. They act as an easily accessible contact, meeting and communication platform in Flanders, providing information for all stakeholders, and bringing together and integrating the needs of the stakeholders into future practice-based and demand-driven research and co-creation. The Information Centers ( capture and answer questions, challenges, and needs from the sector to improve the competitiveness of all stakeholders in Agri and food.


The Living Lab Animal Husbandry (LLAH) is hosted by ILVO and is fully embedded in its strategical plan for the future. ILVO has developed a wide hands-on experience in setting up activities with a living lab approach, such as co-creation trajectories and engagement of multiple stakeholders and end-users in the agrifood chain. 


Host organization ILVO

  • Who: Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  • What: independent research and stakeholder co-creation, a knowledge hub for sector stakeholders, government, education, …
  • Research topics: Healthy soils and crops, socially supported animal production, nutrition and health, protein diversification, profitable production systems and added value creation, rural development in the metropolis of Flanders, climate mitigation and adaptation, bioeconomy and closing cycles, precision agriculture and data technology, marine production and marine environment
  • Activities: research projects (regional, national and European), commissioned research, lab analysis (feed, food, soil, plant, animal, emissions, …), consulting, stakeholder education, plant breeding, inspections and certifications, …

Infrastructure: own operational farm that consists of more than 20000 m2 of experimental animal housing for cattle, pigs, poultry and rabbits, 250 ha of experimental/trial (conventional and organic) fields and 15000 m² of greenhouses. Access to pilot halls that are equipped with semi-industrial scale processing machines to develop innovations in the agri-food chain. Also test benches, an accredited plant diagnostic center, equipment for precision farming, a seed reception and processing unit and accredited laboratories for plants, soil, genetics, GMO’s, animal feed, and food (e.g. microbiological and chemical food safety, allergens) are available.

Bart Sonck [javascript protected email address]
Sarah De Smet [javascript protected email address]
Burgemeester van Gansberghelaan 92
Living Lab Animal Husbandry

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