ClearFarm calls for the collaboration of farmers to develop a platform that collects and integrates animal welfare data and provide easy to understand information to producers and consumers. The project has launched a survey to better understand the needs and preferences of dairy and pig farmers when using precision livestock technologies to assess animal welfare.
These technologies generate large volumes of data on the farm that can be used to monitor the welfare of pigs and cows and optimize management processes. The system that ClearFarm is developing will use available sensors in the market capable of controlling a wide range of variables related to animal behaviour, physical and mental health, environmental impact and productivity. On the one hand, farmers will be able to see the updated information on the status of the animals, with an emphasis on early-warning signals that can help them anticipate to welfare problems and implement preventive measures. On the other hand, consumers will be able to know the product’s welfare history (meat or milk) by scanning, for example, a QR code of the label that will direct them to a website with the information.
In order to develop a platform that fits the needs of farmers and other stakeholders of the production chain, ClearFarm studies which aspects of the platform are considered important by pig farmers and dairy farmers and what possible reasons are or not to use it.
The survey is conducted in the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Finland. It is completely anonymous and lasts approximately 15 minutes. All participants will receive, if desired, a summary of the results of the survey.
If you are a farmer and would like to participate, please contact us!