This project intends to develop a curriculum for livestock breeders trainers, especially in rural areas. Unfortunately, still there are a lot various problems related to the livestock nutrition in European countries because animal feeding and management systems in Europe include both highly developed systems in the west and less intensive systems especially in rural areas of the east. The problem is that many livestock farmers still do not have the necessary skills in terms of innovation, diversification, livestock nutrition and development of local services.
Adequate nutrition is essential for profitability of production but educational level of farmers in area of animal nutrition is not sufficient for rational livestock feeding. The knowledge of livestock production supporters such as nutritionists, feed manufacturers in rural areas is also not sufficient. It is necessary to transfer of new methods of livestock nutrition to the East European farmers to improve their knowledge and to make them familiar with the best methods of feed production, animal diet formulation according to modern feeding systems with respect to financial and physiological aspects as well as modern and environment friendly methods of production.
The project outputs will be an innovative, accredited curriculum, an e-learning course platform and a handbook on livestock nutrition skills that cover the comprehensive and update knowledge on animal feeding. LIVENUTRITION will define the needs of rural livestock breeders in participating countries and adapt the curriculum and materials to specific regional and national needs, add modules and chapter on further issues such as rational animal nutrition, health protection of livestock and protection and development of pasture, also healthy animal products, quality criteria in the meat and milk, scientific methods in the fighting against nutritional diseases, the use of renewable energy and the sustainable use of water and forage crops, and other major challenges for rural regions in Europe. The transfer of knowledge and good practice between consortium members and target groups of the project (farmers, nutritionists, feed manufacturers, livestock consultants, teachers in vocational education on livestock, agriculture advisors) will be based on B-learning methods involving traditional (direct contact with instructor) and M-learning methods using ICT tools.
The project outcomes will be also useful for the development of a reference framework for research, higher education and training on livestock management and mobility opportunities for students and workers. The project can be therefore also considered useful for further development of teaching materials in other fields linked to animal production, animal health, feed management and balanced agriculture.