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Accessible farm animal welfare data: the role of interoperable standards in precision livestock farming

Bahlo, C

Farm animal welfare information will be increasingly available through on-farm data collection using sensor networks and other Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) technologies. Such private data can be augmented by, and federated with publicly available data, if interoperability standards are used.

A review of the international literature identified the challenges related to PLF data, specifically in extensive livestock farming systems.  The review showed the necessity of using open interoperability standards but found a lack of standards applicable to livestock data. The review also investigated farm animal welfare standards and technologies that enable the measurement of welfare indicators. It was shown that more research is needed to match on farm data capture methods with welfare indicators to measure welfare “performance”. It was concluded that a cross-disciplinary approach using geographical information systems and open standards will allow federation with data from other domains and enable the creation of welfare decision support tools.

While recognising that more work is needed for developing data standards for animal welfare data, a novel approach to creating a welfare decision tool is introduced. This is based on using a web portal and interoperable data standards.

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