Livestock

'If you look at all the animal sectors here, you will see that the average farm size is really low—it’s a very fragmented market, which leads us to supply most of our customers indirectly through a dealer network.' © GettyImages/Gabriel_Bostan

De Heus rejects vertical integration model in Myanmar

By Richard Whitehead

Though vertical integration is the most popular model for feed producers in Southeast Asia, it is not the only way to operate commercially. Instead, De Heus has chosen to work with suppliers at the center of the Myanmar value chain to build their business...

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Dispatches from SPACE 2017

Big data comes to French dairy sector

By Jane Byrne

French farming trade show, SPACE 2017 in Rennes last week, served as a launch pad for Applifarm, an open platform for data sharing in the livestock sector. 

'The farmers were extremely forthright, skeptical at the start but very open to new ideas, and, in the end, were very collaborative, which helped in ensuring PLF tools trialed were applicable in the field' © Cowmatix

What does a coughing pig reveal?

By Jane Byrne

Is precision livestock farming (PLF) still a utopian dream or does agribusiness see such tools as potentially transformative?

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