Belgians and genetics vol 4
Apr 30th 2019

In 1987 two Belgian professors, Marc Van Montagu and Jeff Schell, for the first time ever realized genetically manipulated insect-resistant (tobacco) plants by incorporating genes that produced insecticidal proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Immediately the gate was opened for the most bizarre plant creations, but also for more efficient plant production. The rest is part […]

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Belgians and genetics vol 3
Apr 29th 2019

In the past, draft horses were extremely important for agriculture. The Belgians have also left their mark in this area by developing a very robust draft horse. Around the beginning twentieth century, a very large export of Belgian draft horses came about. Similarly to the United States and Canada where these horses are still used […]

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Belgians and genetics vol 2
Apr 28th 2019

Another ‘bodybuilder’, the ‘Swarzenegger’ among the pigs is the ‘Piétrain’ pig. This variety has a number of characteristics that are valued worldwide in pig production: – Slaughter efficiency of 65% – Carcass efficiency of 83% – Extremely low fat content of 1.5% Because of these qualities Piétrain bears are used worldwide as terminal sires in […]

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Belgians and genetics ‘The Belgian Blue’.
Apr 27th 2019

Belgians have always had something with genetics. Today we would like to introduce you to an extremely beef-bred cattle breed: the Belgian Blue Breed. Bulls of this breed weigh around 650 kg after 18 to 19 months! The Belgian Blue Breed has a number of benefits that can count: The feed conversion rate (kg or […]

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Belgians and their beer
Apr 21st 2019

Although Belgians are not the biggest beer drinkers in Europe, they are still known as beer brewers. Belgium is rich in some large breweries, but since about twenty years the house breweries have mushroomed, so the diversity of beers has risen sharply and every list of Belgian beers is immediately out of date. It is […]

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Cattle judging competition at the Paris agricultural show
Apr 19th 2019

The students of the 7th professional year off specialisation in ‘raising and herd management’ of the IPEA in Theux took part, during the Paris agriculture fair, in the contest of animal judging by the young people (abbreviated CJAJ). This competition consists of judging young people from 15 to 25 years of age, from all over […]

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Belgian savoury dishes
Apr 17th 2019

From fries to “filet américain”, here are some of our culinary salty specialities BELGIAN fries Not French! Taste the difference… Grey shrimp croquettes Fished along the North Sea, eaten all over the country Asparagus, Flemish Style Best to be eaten between the end of March and the end of June. A typical spring starter. Mussels […]

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Belgian sweet delights
Apr 14th 2019

Belgium is not only the country of beer. You can taste many other delicacies. Here are some of our sweet treats… Belgian chocolate, pralines and truffles From Neuhaus to smaller chocolate makers, Belgium is famous for its quality chocolate bites. You can also discover the Belgian Chocolate village!   Belgian waffles Gaufres de Bruxelles or Gaufres […]

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Organization of agricultural education in Belgium
Apr 12th 2019

The teaching of agronomic sectors is organized from the secondary level. STRUCTURE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION It includes 4 forms of teaching: – General (G) – Technical (TQ) – Artistic (A) – Professional (P) Distributed in 4 degrees: – 1st degree from  12-14 years – 2nd degree from 14 to 16 years – 3rd degree from […]

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Education in Belgium
Apr 9th 2019

The education system in Belgium, viewed according to the age of the young person, is broadly: Pre-primary education 2.5 to 6 years Primary school 6 to 12 years Secondary school 12 to 18 years (possibly with extension to 19) Higher education (professional bachelor or academic bachelor, master, doctorate degree) 18+     The educational competences […]

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