04 December 2023

How can we popularise the results of animal production research?

Agricultural fairs are aimed at families, and the CRA-W is keen to appeal to a younger audience.

For several years now, the CRA-W has been presenting the results of research at agricultural fairs, as was the case again this year at Libramont and Battice. But how do you adapt the content and materials to make it popular among this target audience? There is no doubt that it's families and children, whether or not they know anything about farming, who will be involved at these events. At Battice, children learnt about topics related to ruminants, such as methane gas and fodder hedges, as well as pig nutrition and welfare, in a fun and playful way.

This was done using several different approaches, including the creation of a livestock-themed snakes and ladders game, which enabled the different topics to be tackled one after the other, and riddles based on the principle of the "two truths and a lie" game. This latter game was used specifically to discuss the issue of methane with ruminants, and the use of infrared spectrometry in the analysis of milk and faeces. The "CRA'TOUTS" card game, a combination a game of the Happy Families and a game of trumps, also helped to spark more specific discussions on ruminant feed. And let's not forget to underline the importance of the prize contest , which not only serves as a way to lead into the discussions, but also to stimulate the younger children's attention, and motivate the older ones.       

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the materials used.

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