First two training sessions successfully implemented in Lyon and Munich
The first workshop was held from 2 to 6 June 2014 in Bourg-en-Bresse (France) for 30 trainees from 25 different European countries and was conducted in collaboration with the French Livestock Institute (Institut de l'Élevage). The training program includes theoretical instruction, case studies and practical group work.
A crucial part of the workshop was the one-day field day on which the European participants obtained an insight to the practical implementation of the EU requirements on animal identification in France. The participants had the opportunity to visit a collection center for cattle for intra-Community trade and a goat farm and learnt more there the implementation and inspection of animal identification, registration and traceability in France.
The second workshop was held from 21 to 27 June 2014 in Munich. The welcome was made by Dr. Rehm, director of the Department of Animal Health and Animal Disease Control in the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection. On the field day in Germany the 30 participants had the opportunity to visit the calf market in Traunstein. The visit has been made possible with the kind cooperation of the Rinderzuchtverband Traunstein. After a warm welcome by the Chairman, Mr. Franz Hasholzner, and an illustrative presentation of the data collection and management in the context of the arrival of the calves on the market, the group had the opportunity to visit the auction.
Dr. Jürgen Schmid, Director of the Veterinary Service in Traunstein, accompanied the group and was available for questions related to Animal IRT inspection. Further Anna Dethlefsen, head of the Regional Agency for animal identification in Bavaria, gave an interesting overview of the tasks of the LKVs as a regional office responsible for animal identification and data collection of cattle, sheep / goats and pigs.