The impact of data sharing between producers, processors and retailers on livestock production, health and disease will be the focus of a free-to-all Stoneleigh Park conference on December 3.
Backed by Innovation for Agriculture (IfA), the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and Warwickshire Rural Hub, the event will highlight the work which is currently underway to enable producers to gain access to potentially valuable production, health and disease data.
“Farmers, markets, processors and allied industries such as vets and feed suppliers all gather a terrific amount of information on livestock performance and many of these records are now kept electronically,” said NFU livestock board chairman, Charles Sercombe.
“There are many benefits for sharing this information for the livestock sector and the NFU has been active with organisations across the industry and initiatives such as the Agri-Tech Strategy to develop projects to deliver improved breeding stock and a better ability to control damaging diseases like BVD and bovine TB.”
The conference, located within the Arthur Rank Centre at Stoneleigh Park, will include a panel discussion led by Morrisons’ agriculture manager, Andrew Loftus; beef producer, Adam Quinney, and Dunbia’s head of agriculture, Jonathan Birnie.