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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Karen Smyth, COP Lead | Email
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.

It’s time to zero in on the gender gap in livestock data

It’s time to zero in on the gender gap in livestock data

On International Women’s Day, we call for gender equality in livestock data and outline key actions to close the gap ...
A tool for all seasons

A tool for all seasons

A ‘lean’ household survey system for ‘minimal effort, maximum information’ comes of age ...
Stand out from the herd: get to know the data behind your livestock facts

Stand out from the herd: get to know the data behind your livestock facts

It pays to know the age, accuracy and scope of your livestock facts say the authors of a new publication ...
Humans, Machines and Ecosystems: Can big data disrupt livestock development?

Humans, Machines and Ecosystems: Can big data disrupt livestock development?

Report back from the 2019 CGIAR Big Data in Agriculture Convention ...
Ruminating on a sustainable future for livestock

Ruminating on a sustainable future for livestock

Report back from the 9th Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock meeting, September 2019 ...
Click to watch Prof Mario HErrero discuss the Eat-Lancet Planetary Boundaries Diet.

VIDEO: Can we feed the planet, and stay within planetary boundaries?

In this seminar, Professor Mario Herrero addresses the key messages of the EAT Lancet Report, including the role of livestock ...


[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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