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Innovation and Problem solving in Animal husbandry

The Dutch animal husbandry offers the daily food (meat, milk, eggs) for millions. Small farms, big farms, modernized, in collaboration with other sectors and often looking for different approaches and products. Innovation and problem solving to continue the success is necessary. How to react to the demand of customers for healthy and sustainable products for example? Those are issues you will deal with in this minor.

You will analyse the production system in a Dutch animal husbandry farm to be able to give advice and you will come up with a workable innovation. Part of the minor is also developing a business plan for a small company related to your innovation.

It means you will have to know about nutrition, health, housing and welfare of the animals. You will learn about farm management in relation to the demand. And you will learn basic skills like problem solving, innovation development, external communication, presentation, project management and team work.

Added value:

Students will learn how to improve and innovate animal husbandry practices. They will acquire basic skills about doing business, and, after studying and analysing, give advice to support farm management in real live case studies. They will write and submit a real business plan for their own innovative company within the livestock sector.


You will learn:
• To make an analysis of the production system of a Dutch animal husbandry farm based on identification of risk factors;
• To develop specific unique new innovation by going through the innovation cycle;
• To analyse product and quality management in Dutch animal husbandry farms;
• To develop a business plan for a small company related to your innovation.


Students with at least 2 year Bachelor education in Agriculture or Animal Husbandry.

Provide documents for entry requirements:

- Grade list from your current Bachelor program that is showing you are fulfilling the entry requirements.


Through the course website literature will be announced that will also be available web-based or in the library.


30 EC corresponding with 30*28 hours work load = 840 hours


Written tests for each module, as well as a project assignment for each module.

Marks between: 1.0 - 10.0

Innovation – VAH231VE - 7 EC

Farm Risk Analysis – VAH232VE - 7 EC

Entrepreneurship – VAH241VE1 - 7 EC

Product and Quality – VAH242VE - 7 EC

Professional Orientation – VAH351VE – 2 EC

Aanvullende informatie

In case of a low number of applications for the minor, the minor may not be offered. After closing the registration period, you will be informed as soon as possible