Distance lab lesson on Chromatography?
Dec 30th 2020

From BELGIUM: A distance lab lesson on Chromatography in covid times (!!) A distance lab lesson … no challenge is too great for Mrs. Debode and her students of 3 biotechnical sciences from EUROPEA school VABI in Roeselare (Belgium)! Chromatography with home and garden materials. Corona measures are no limitation for this creative teacher. Congratulations! […]

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The Young Dairy Farmer Club
Dec 22nd 2020

When good ideas could still arise in the pub in pre-corona times, 2 former students of EUROPEA school VABI in Roeselare (Belgium) thought that dairy farmers could learn a lot from each other. With the aim of obtaining better results. They united with some other former students and also dairy farmers. Soon they organized many […]

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A curious international exchange in the 19th century
Oct 25th 2020

As part of his studies at the agricultural university in Frederiksberg (Denmark), Stephan Nyeland received a grant in 1870 for a study trip to England with a stopover at the horticultural school in Vilvoorde (Belgium). Impressed by his visit to the horticultural school in Vilvoorde, he decides on his return to apply for a second […]

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More from Belgium: ERASMUS experience !
Nov 12th 2019

Here you have a story of a Belgian student on an ERASMUS project in The Netherlands: “Hello, I am Axelle Vanden Berghe, 18 years young and in my final year of biotechnical sciences at the VABI Roeselare I took a course “Urban Agriculture“. In this course the question was asked “What will agriculture look like […]

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News from Belgium: Europom!
Nov 5th 2019

Alden Biesen Castle, Rijkhoven, Belgium 19-20 October 2019 The National Orchards Foundation held its annual exhibition on old and newer varieties of fruit kinds on 19 and 20 October in a great historical environment, the castle of Alden Biezen. This year it was in collaboration with pomological circles from other countries and that is why […]

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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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