Livestock Data

Community of Practice



Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) is a Community of Practice launched in January 2017 that aims to drive informed livestock decision making through the better use of existing data and analyses.

LD4D brings together livestock and data modellers with project implementers and decision makers from industry, the public sector and NGOs. Through cataloging and organizing livestock data, making it more discoverable and digestible, LD4D ultimately aims to guide investments that will improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in low and middle-income countries.

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Deputy Director of the Supporting Evidence-Based Decisions (SEBI) project at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Midlothian, United Kingdom.

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Working groups

LD4D hosts a series of short-life working groups and projects where the real work of the community takes place.

Livestock Fact Check

The Livestock Fact Check project digs into the evidence behind popular facts about livestock, to discover whether those facts are accurate and up to date. More…


LiveGAPS aims to identify ways to maximise yields in livestock systems for poverty alleviation, global food security and sustainability. More…

Decision makers’ needs study

LD4D has commissioned a pilot study into the data information needs of local stakeholders interested in livestock productivity and causes of mortality in the dairy sector in Ethiopia. More…

Knowledge platform and data portal

A hub for livestock information and resources, including a data portal, which will house an inventory of current and previous livestock projects and descriptions of associated databases. More…

Data visualisations and dashboards

This group will consider how we can move toward the forecasting of livestock disease through the use of data visualisations. This group will also consider the potential to collect and share real-time data using dashboards. More…

Data quality

This group will explore elements of data quality by considering the fitness of purpose of data obtained from secondary sources and practices to generate good quality primary data. More…

Modelling Impact

This group will bring together modellers and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grantees to model productivity gains brought about as a result of BMGF grantees work. More…

Livestock Modelling Group

This group, which brings together modellers who work within the livestock sector under the LD4D banner, is looking to facilitate collaboration to answer some of the big questions relating to livestock. More…


This group will plan and deliver communications and engagement activities that support knowledge sharing within the community and help inform livestock discussions more widely. More…

Community News

Articles in this section were originally posted on the Livestock Data for Decisions website.

COVID-19 and the African livestock sector: What data is needed to respond and adapt?

COVID-19 and the African livestock sector: What data is needed to respond and adapt?

The COVID-19 crisis has underscored critical data gaps around livestock, hampering the ability of governments and organisations to respond efficiently ...
Livestock Data and COVID-19: Call for community inputs

Livestock Data and COVID-19: Call for community inputs

The Livestock Data for Decisions Community of Practice convened to discuss why better livestock data is needed to tackle the ...
Spotlight on livestock population trends

Spotlight on livestock population trends

Counting livestock is not straightforward, but the available data can still shed light on trends ...
Dairy cattle in Isingiro District, Uganda, part of the ILRI Program for Climate-Smart Livestock systems (PCSL). Photo: S. Leitner (ILRI)

Livestock and environment: what does the best available data tell us?

On World Environment Day, we investigate a thorny data landscape to explore how global livestock production interacts with the environment ...
World Milk Day 2020

World Milk Day 2020

Economy,  Environment,  Human nutrition,  Productivity ...
New livestock data portal aims to drive better decisions and investments

New livestock data portal aims to drive better decisions and investments

/ offers data and evidence on livestock health and productivity in low and middle-income countries ...


[WEBINAR] FAIR Guidelines and Assessment in GARDIAN

June 25, 2019 – June 25, 2019 | Online

[WEBINAR] Semantic Annotation of Images in the FAIR Data Era

September 3, 2019 – September 3, 2019 | Online

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