Farmers’ Perspectives of the Benefits and Risks in Precision Livestock Farming in the EU Pig and Poultry Sectors

Idan Kopler*, Uri Marchaim, Ildikó E. Tikász, Sebastian Opaliński, Eugen Kokin, Kevin Mallinger, Thomas Neubauer, Stefan Gunnarsson, Claus Soerensen, Clive J.C. Phillips, Thomas Banhazi

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Abstract

More efficient livestock production systems are necessary, considering that only 41% of global meat demand will be met by 2050. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic crisis has clearly illustrated the necessity of building sustainable and stable agri-food systems. Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) offers the continuous capacity of agriculture to contribute to overall human and animal welfare by providing sufficient goods and services through the application of technical innovations like digitalization. However, adopting new technologies is a challenging issue for farmers, extension services, agri-business and policymakers. We present a review of operational concepts and technological solutions in the pig and poultry sectors, as reflected in 41 and 16 European projects from the last decade, respectively. The European trend of increasing broiler-meat production, which is soon to outpace pork, stresses the need for more outstanding research efforts in the poultry industry. We further present a review of farmers’ attitudes and obstacles to the acceptance of technological solutions in the pig and poultry sectors using examples and lessons learned from recent European projects. Despite the low resonance at the research level, the investigation of farmers’ attitudes and concerns regarding the acceptance of technological solutions in the livestock sector should be incorporated into any technological development.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2868
JournalAnimals
Volume13
Issue18
Number of pages24
ISSN2076-2615
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023

Keywords

  • animal welfare
  • digitalization
  • farmers’ adoption
  • farmers’ engagement
  • ICT
  • livestock
  • PLF
  • technology-adoption

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