Smart livestock farming


Smart livestock farming

Flourishing in a time of increasing demands and regulations

Meat demand is expected to increase dramatically in the next decades. Shifting consumer expectations, depleting natural resources, and increasingly stringent regulations are making this demand a challenge to meet. Smart use of technology presents an opportunity for livestock businesses to thrive in this climate.

Continued increase of meat demand expected

Meat demand has increased dramatically over the past decades. This was caused mainly by continuous growth of population and per capita incomes. Based on their expected developments, meat demand is expected to increase with another 50% by 2050. Most of this demand growth will come from developing regions, especially Africa and Asia. In the past, increasing meat demand could be met by increasing slaughter weights, but these growth possibilities are expected to slow down in the future.

Smart livestock farming

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Consumers and governments expecting environmental consciousness

At the same time, livestock is one of the most demanding sectors in terms of resource use and emission intensities. It uses up to one third of global cropland, and 8% of available freshwater. On top of that, livestock is largely responsible for deforestation and biodiversity loss, and 15% of global CO2 emissions. Consumers are becoming more and more demanding though, when it comes to price, animal welfare, product information and antibiotics use. Not only consumers are putting the livestock sector for a challenge: so are governments. Expected earth temperature conserving measures would not even enable the sector to meet half the meat demand in 2050 with continued current practices.

Smart livestock farming

Digitalisation presents an opportunity for livestock businesses to thrive in this challenging climate. The present not only confronts us with increasing challenges, but also with state of the art technologies to face them. The Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics are just some of the tools successful players are deploying to get ahead of the game.

It is not about the tools itself though: it is about designing tailoured solutions to enhance business success. One of the most promising applications of current technologies is individual animal monitoring and analysis. Tools and sensors continuously monitor key performance indicators of livestock in the areas of animal health, productivity, and environmental load.

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Smart livestock farming aims to achieve more productive, efficient, and sustainable farm operations based on the effective use of digital technologies. Deloitte can help you design and implement the best solution to make your business ready for the future. We have a team of experts available to help you optimise your business.

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