About the partners

SLMSC’s strength lies not only in its innovative approach to abattoir SME upskilling but in the diversity and experience of its core and associate project partner, representing a specialist meat college, enterprise development agencies, Business Incubation Centres specialising in food innovation  and VET,  food networks and a farm union drawn from 5 EU countries with significant meat sectors.

Project Partners

Lead Partner

IRD DUHALLOW – Ireland

Email: duhallow@eircom.net
Web:www.irdduhallow.com

Established in 1991, IRD Duhallow is a championing agency on behalf of rural economic progression with a strong emphasis on the supply chains of agri foods.  oth locally and on European level. IRD initiates and delivers a host of EU and national development programmes including LEADER, Social Inclusion, Rural Transport & Social Economy programmes. IRD Duhallow has a core staff of 14 with another 7 programme staff supervising in excess of 90 employees.  It places significant emphasis on delivering a wide range of rural enterprise initiatives  including training & mentoring, employment creation and capital assistance.  The company has close links with FAS, the national employment training agency and the agri food support body Teagasc, lead trainers to the meat sector in Ireland .  It has a wide EU engagement network and are respected contributors to national and EU rural development planning.

Uddannelsescentret i Roskilde, Slagteriskolen –  (the Danish Meat Trade College)

Email:  kaw@ucr.dk
Web:  www.ucr.dk

The Danish Meat Trade College (DMTC) is a self-governing Education and Training Centre, founded in 1964 with the purpose to train and educate the Danish meat industry. DMTC offers vocational training as well as continuing training. DMTC runs a training and research slaughterhouse, deboning rooms, a retail butcher shop and a pilot food production plant.  DMTC develops, plans and implements relevant training activities for the Danish meat industry and enrols students from mainly EU- countries. DMTC was one of the architects and developers behind the young managers training programme, the “Cranfield Fellowship programme for the red meat industry”, which successfully train young managers from the meat industry in Ireland and UK. Approx 250 teachers and supporting staff are employed at DMTC, of this approx. 100 are specialist teachers.

La Unió de Llauradors i Ramaders del País Valencià (Spain)

Email:  jrperis@launio.org
Web: www.laujrperis@launio.orgnio.org

La Unió de Llauradors i Ramaders del País Valencia (La Unió) is the leading farm union in the Autonomous Community of Valencia, Spain. It was established in 1977 and has technical offices all around the region. La Unió represents more than 12,000 members by acting as a lobbying group and provides members with technical assistance and training courses. La Unio is currently designing a comprehensive approach for farmers, abattoirs and butchers in Castelló to add value to meat production and also to the area (a natural park) in which they grew animals.

Importantly in the context of the SLMSC project, La Unió set up in 2000 the foundation IVIFA (The Valencian Institute for training and research in agri-environment), strongly linked to the university,  to foster research, transfer and training in the agri-food sector. IVIFA promotes the “Agricultural training network”, an international network of people and institutions involved in training for the agrifood sector.

Joutsenten Reitti LAG (Finland)

Email: petri.rinne@joutsentenreitti.fi
Web: www.joutsentenreitti.fi

Joutsenten Reitti LAG works as the rural development LEADER development association of Sastamala, Hameenkyro, Huittinen and Punkalaidun municipalities in SW-Finland. Primary production counts for 17 % of the local jobs and the region hosts the biggest pork meat production centre in Finland. Also the biggest meat-processing companies are present in the region, together with numerous family-based businesses that often find their market niches in organic production.

Joutsenten Reitti LAG works to deliver business development and innovative programmes to abattoirs and the local meat supply chain.  Joutsenten Reitti LAG shares its meat-related best practices and development projects together with the proposed project partnership. For example Huittinen municipality has actively built its regional brand on pork production, hosting a pork festival and offering a special Huittinen pork menu in its restaurants.

Joutsenten Reitti LAG works as the rural development LEADER development association of Sastamala, Hameenkyro, Huittinen and Punkalaidun municipalities in SW-Finland. Primary production counts for 17 % of the local jobs and the region hosts the biggest pork meat production centre in Finland. Also the biggest meat-processing companies are present in the region, together with numerous family-based businesses that often find their market niches in organic production.

Joutsenten Reitti LAG works to deliver business development and innovative programmes to abattoirs and the local meat supply chain.  Joutsenten Reitti LAG shares its meat-related best practices and development projects together with the proposed project partnership. For example Huittinen municipality has actively built its regional brand on pork production, hosting a pork festival and offering a special Huittinen pork menu in its restaurants.

Momentum Marketing Services Ltd (Ireland)

Email: info@momentumconsulting.ie
Web: www.momentummarketing.ie

Momentum Marketing Services is a dynamic agency with extensive agri food expertise.  As a FETAC and FÁS certified training organisation, it is respected in its offering of training, mentoring and consultancy services in marketing, sales, branding, idea generation and creative thinking and product development, innovation and networking. Inhouse staff carry out the majority of work but expert practitioners contribute where needed to bring additional expertise on board. On an annual basis it trains over 200 businesses, with specific expertise in developing first of their kind training materials for over 50 abattoirs and 120 staff as part of the Irish Master Meat Circle, Thriving Rural Abattoirs project .   MMS has worked closely with IRD Duhallow in the development and implementation of this training project dedicated to the abattoir and local meat sector as they relate to this application.

IVIFA Instituto Valenciano de Investigación y Formación Agroambiental (Spain)

Email: telous@upvnet.upv.es
Web: www.ivifa.org

IVIFA is a Foundation set up in 2000. It was created by the farm union “La Unió” and other entities and personalities concerned about the sustainable development of agriculture and rural areas. IVIFA is linked to the university and social groups, especially in the region of Valencia where it is based.  The primary aim of IVIFA is globally promote training, research and knowledge transfer in order to improve technical and social capacities of people bound to the agro food sector and rural areas.  It works to act as an interface between research and society in order to disseminate knowledge and enhance innovation. IVIFA has worked largely on knowledge transfer trough publications such as studies and newsletters. Besides, IVIFA has experience in the organizations of workshops and conferences. Research is another key element in IVIFA especially in agricultural politics, organic farming and cooperative system.

Satafood Development Association (Finland)

Email:jari.lehmusvaara@satafood.net
Web: www.satafood.net

Satafood is a local co-operation network. The main goal of Satafood is to develop food entrepreneurship, provide environmental services and improve co-operation between companies, education and research. Satafood Development Association locates in Satakunta province in Southern – Western part of Finland at the Gulf of Bothnia. Meat production is very important. Swine production is strong and half of the meat production of broilers and turkeys is located in Satakunta, where is also the slaughterhouse of these animals. Satafood has two main functions: 1.) the development of food section from basic production to end-use food products for consumers and 2.) the environmental development. The development work includes making commercial connections between commercial enterprises in co-operation with farmers and food industry.

 

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LLP/LdV/TOI/2011/IRL-502 This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. The author is solely responsible for this publication (communication) and the Commission accepts no responsibility for any use may be made of the information contained therein.