US Swine Industry Stakeholder Perceptions of Precision Livestock Farming Technology: A Q-Methodology Study

Babatope Akinyemi*, F Akaichi, Janice Siegford, SP Turner

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Abstract

This study used the Q-methodology approach to analyze perceptions of precision livestock farming (PLF) technology held by stakeholders directly or indirectly involved in the US swine industry. To see if stakeholders' perceptions of PLF changed over time as PLF is a rapidly evolving field, we deliberately followed up with stakeholders we had interviewed 6 months earlier. We identified three distinct points of view: PLF improves farm management, animal welfare, and laborer work conditions; PLF does not solve swine industry problems; PLF has limitations and could lead to data ownership conflict. Stakeholders with in-depth knowledge of PLF technology demonstrated elevated levels of optimism about it, whereas those with a basic understanding were skeptical of PLF claims. Despite holding different PLF views, all stakeholders agreed on the significance of training to enhance PLF usefulness and its eventual adoption. In conclusion, we believe this study's results hold promise for helping US swine industry stakeholders make better-informed decisions about PLF technology implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2930
JournalAnimals
Volume13
Issue number18
Early online date15 Sept 2023
DOIs
Publication statusFirst published - 15 Sept 2023

Keywords

  • Q-methodology
  • pork industry
  • precision livestock farming
  • stakeholder

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