Hot off the press as we would say, 2 companies, Vetworks and Roodbont Publishers have joined efforts to bring the Broiler Signals Online Study Centre, an online learning platform.
This E-learning offers a brand-new way of online education. Owner of Vetworks Maarten de Gussem shares his ideas:
“I think it’s stunning to see the amount of money invested in growing broilers without proper training of the people doing the day in day out work in the chicken houses. It’s like handing the keys of a Ferrari to your 7 year old son, that just warmed up playing Grand Theft Auto, no?
Besides his work at Vetworks, Maarten is also an academic adviser at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Ghent University. Photo: Maarten De Gussem
Although there are a lot of books available to train broiler farmers on their management skills, we all know how hard it is to motivate adults that have a day in day out job to go and study bent over a book.
On top of that it is well known that visualising information improves us, humans, to absorb knowledge and skills. Especially for farming, picking up signals coming from the animals and thinking about what they mean is not enough. We need to stimulate the farmers immediately to take action as that broiler is again like a Ferrari: if we make a small steering mistake it is very likely we end up in the gravel trap, no?
Modern technology allows us to develop even more convenient playful and a fun-ways to learn and to practice the knowledge that is available in books. E-learning has become one of the most important innovations in human history that allows good uniform education accessible from anywhere in the world.
That is why we developed a tool based on probably the most popular broiler management book, Broiler Signals.
There’s a basic course that brings the essentials in just half a day run -through time, and there’s an extended version that goes a lot deeper and is intended for farmers , technical- and production managers, veterinarians, … in other words professionals that have a final responsibility of a broiler operation and thus manage a farm or co-workers running the broiler houses. “