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The 2nd Keel Bone Damage (kbd) Training School will be held on June 14th at the Experimental Poultry Centre in Geel, Belgium.

The focus of the training school will be an overview of kbd-topics and improving participants assessment of kbd.

Target audience is the Benelux poultry industry and members of the COST action.

The current programme is:

June 13th 2018

19.30 Dinner in Antwerp (optional)

June 14th 2018

08.45-09.30 Registration
09.30-09.45 Welcome/programme/partners
Ine Kempen –  Experimental Poultry Centre

09.45-10.15 Bone formation/physiology in pullets and transition to laying phase
John Tarlton – University of Bristol

10.15-10.45 Underlying causes of kbd / Incidence of kbd in BE and NDL
Anneleen Watteyn – Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

10.45-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-11.30 Impact of kbd on welfare and production
Michael Toscano – University of Bern

11.30-12.00 Interventions to reduce kbd
Bas Rodenburg – University of Utrecht

12.00-12.30 How to assess kbd
Ariane Stratmann – University of Bern

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-13.45 Practical organization afternoon sessions
Ine Kempen – Experimental Poultry Centre

13.45-15.45 Afternoon sessions:
– Palpation in two different housing systems
– Dissection stations

19.30 Dinner in Antwerp (optional)

Interested parties are required to send a 5-line motivation for their application by e-mail to   

Further instructions regarding accomodation and transportation will be provided after acceptance of your application.