Livestock industry unveils joint approach to data collection

The livestock industry has agreed to work together to ensure the correct information and data are being collected across the poultry, pig, beef and sheep sectors.

At the Information Flow in the Meat Chain event in Stoneleigh on June 2, hosted by the pork, beef and sheep divisions of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) it was acknowledged that a one size fits all approach across sectors would not be practical.

However, it was agreed that there are clear advantages of working together to ensure the Food Standard Agencys (FSA) new Collection and Communication of Inspection Results (CCIR) are implemented effectively. It was agreed that a FSA-led industry working group to outline a list of priority diseases that sheep and beef producers will find useful to have feedback on via the CCIR process, similar to the work done by the pig sector.

Industry stakeholders need to work together to ensure that a robust, reliable and respected data collection system is created and implemented, said Christine Walsh, AHDB Beef and Lamb supply chain development manager.

While the pig and poultry industries have implemented CCIR relatively successfully, there is still work to be done and the beef and sheep sectors are a long way off yet, which is concerning.

She said there needed to be a better understanding on the relevant data that needs to be captured in that process and a system on how to communicate that information back to producers.

Over 60m is lost to the English beef, sheep and pig sectors every year through animal illnesses such as pneumonia, pleurisy and liver fluke. It is hoped that by communicating post mortem inspection results to farmers, they will enable them to take action and improve their herd/flock health and productivity.

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