EU-PLF work package 4 (WP4) met on 27 November 2014 at Nutrition Sciences N.V. in Drongen, Belgium to discuss the different models being developed and the progress of the work package group.
The objective of WP4 of the EU-PLF project is to try and determine the social and economic value for different PLF applications used on-farm and in the supply chains. The work package is divided into four tasks. Currently WP4, also known as the “Value Creation Group (VCG)”, is working on task 4.2: analysis of data collected on site [farm level] to derive models for value creation; and 4.3: value creation along the supply chain.
Claudia Kamphuis (WUR, The Netherlands) presented the progress on the development for socio-economic models at the farm level. She explained that the first model used data that was measurable, for example, the efficiency of the use of feed to produce meat is tangible and thus measurable. Claudia also explained that a model can also be based on less measurable parameters. This type of model could include, for example, ethical opinions such as animal welfare. The VCG workgroup, however, advised focusing on models that used measurable parameters input.
The outcomes of the AllSmartPigs project (a sister project of EU-PLF) was presented by Daniel Liñán Sierra (Syntesa, Spain). The aim of the project had been to develop a multi-sensor control technology for livestock farms. The value that the project brings to EU-PLF is the amount of data, collected from real commercial pig farms in which PLF technology was tested.
To create better communication among the different stakeholders along the supply chain, Helena Van Hyfte (Nutrition Sciences N.V. , Belgium), presented on the VCG’s effort to design a tool named the Responsibility Index (RI). The purpose is to put an RI on livestock products (meat, milk, eggs…) which would grade them (bad, ok, good, etc..). It is linked to four key indicators: productivity, fair & ethical trade, environment and animal welfare & health. This tool would help to simplify the overload of information that consumers receive and in doing so, guide them in making well-informed purchase decisions of animal products. The RI is at the early design stage and Helena reported that the next steps would be to contact different stakeholders for its first validation.