The first event of the “Shepherd Bridge” project supported by the European Union was held online at Burdur Mehmet Akif Ersoy University (MAKU) within the scope of Erasmus days 2020

Burdur Mehmet Akif Ersoy University faculty member Prof Dr Ozkan Elmaz and project team, who are among the partners of the project named “Shepherd’s Bridge”, held a project meeting online within the scope of Erasmus days 2020 activities. “Shepherd Bridge” is a project (2019-1-TR01-KA202-077190) in Erasmus + program which accepted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EU Education and Youth Programs Center of Turkey in 2019 under the Annual Strategic Partnerships (KA202).

The Shepherd’s Bridge project, of which 3 European Union countries are also stakeholders, has a very important place in the regional development-oriented livestock project of Burdur Mehmet Akif Ersoy University.

The project, coordinated by the Burdur Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry, includes the Burdur Governorship and Burdur Chamber of Agriculture, as well as scientists from 3 European Union countries as external partners. External researchers who took part in the project were Prof. Dr. Carlos C. Pérez Marín from Cordoba University Veterinary Faculty, Spain, Assist. Prof. Evangelia N. Sossidou from Hellenic Agricultural Organization-Demeter, Greece and Prof. Dr. Danijela Kirovski. Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Belgrade University of Serbia.

Among the targeted outputs of the Shepherd Bridge project: Development of Innovative Education Curriculum for Shepherds, ICT-based e-learning Module, Handbook of Shepherd Cultures, Handbook of Local Breeds of Sheep and Goats, Guide to Life in Nature for Shepherds and Preparation of Sheep and Goat Transport, Care, Feeding and Health Manual for Shepherds. After the pandemic, project will also held 2 short-term trainings. The first of these trainings will be held in Serbia and the second in Greece. Erasmus days 2020 event of the project was held online in Burdur Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Animal Science, in accordance with social distance and mask rules. Project team, PhD students, Veterinary Faculty students and a female shepherd Havva Demir who is also a Bachelor of Arts student were among the participants.

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