HAS University appoints Joost van den Borne as Senior Lecturer Healthy Farming

News 18 December 2017
Joost van den Borne - HAS University

The chair in Healthy Farming aims to increase the acceptance of animal husbandry in densely populated areas using the south-east of the Netherlands as an example.

Dr Joost van den Borne, Manager of Research & Development at Schippers Europe, will become Senior Lecturer for the new research chair in Healthy Farming from 1 February 2018. The chair focuses on stirring up the dialogue between market, researcher and consumer with the aim of taking new steps towards the animal husbandry of the future. The chair will conduct research into the problems caused by animal husbandry in combination with the high population density of the Netherlands, coming up with solutions using new technologies and concepts. Joost van den Borne was a researcher at Wageningen University and at FrieslandCampina dairy cooperative for many years, and has been working at Schippers since 2016.

Animal husbandry in densely populated areas

The chair in Healthy Farming aims to increase the acceptance of animal husbandry in densely populated areas using the south-east of the Netherlands as an example. This area has to cope with issues that will also occur in the rest of the world in the near future. This brings a unique set of challenges for animal husbandry. The chair will work together with the professional field, in search of a solution. At the core of the issue is the tension between public health, animal welfare and a healthy business environment.

The new chair focuses on multiple themes such as:

  • Calculating the impact animal husbandry has on public health and the living environment
  • Preventing and combatting diseases of livestock, particularly focusing on zoonoses (infectious diseases)
  • Reducing the use of antibiotics in animal husbandry
  • Implementing welfare improvements in animal husbandry that are acceptable to both producer and consumer

Expertise network

In addition to Senior Lecturer Joost van den Borne, the chair involves an expertise network of lecturers and teaching researchers from the study programmes Applied Biology, Environmental Studies and Animal Husbandry, all making an active contribution.

Providing a substantial contribution

Joost van den Borne is looking forward to starting as Senior Lecturer. “I expect HAS University of Applied Sciences to be able to provide a unique and substantial contribution to animal husbandry that is healthy for both humans and animals. Targeted cooperation with companies from the agricultural sector and others will provide plenty of opportunities to test new concepts in practice. Students from various study programmes will work for the chair towards further increasing the sustainability of animal husbandry in densely populated areas.”

About Joost van den Borne

Joost van den Borne received his MSc at Wageningen University with the specialisation Animal Nutrition & Business Economics in 2001. Between 2001 and 2014 he remained at Wageningen University as a researcher and lecturer. In 2006 he graduated with a thesis on ‘Nutrient synchrony in milk-fed calves’. Among other awards, he received a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. From 2013 to 2016 he worked as a senior researcher at FrieslandCampina. Since 2016 he has been Manager of Research & Development at Schippers Europe.