EADGENE – the animal disease and genomics network of excellence have produced a poster of stage 1 of the Data Comparison project. Dr Sam Hoste of Quantech Solutions was one of the report’s authors.
SUMMARY OF THE RESULTS IN STAGE 1:
1. The collection of animal health data within the four EU countries is strongly shaped by the national historical scale and by the organisation of animal production for each species, as well as by the national and EU regulations, which to a large extent are being policed by official bodies.
2. Most of the currently existing data bases for animal health data have not been designed with the potential for exchange of data and accessibility for a variety of stakeholders in mind. However there are trends for more sophisticated integrated data bases with electronical data input, which are stronger in some countries than in others.
3. In general animal health data collection policed through official bodies is more harmonised than what is being collected on a commercial level.
4. The availability of data collected to meet requirements of official bodies is limited. There is a lot of information potentially available from what is being collected through bodies such as animal breeding, milk recording companies and animal health services. As a result of commercial competition, the latter pool of data is more difficult to access. Differences in accessibility exist between countries.
5. Animal health schemes and levy boards provide incentives for greater interoperability and transparency of what is being collected on a commercial level on farms and in abattoirs.
6. The various stakeholders throughout the food chains in Europe are increasingly aware of the need for interoperational and accessible animal health data.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF STAGE 2:
1. To identify opportunities for improved sharing and further development of systems for collecting data on animal health traits.
2. To encourage better interactions between the different stakeholders to develop stronger and more effective networks in relation with animal health recording.
3. To propose a plan for further development of animal health data comparability in Europe (Phase 3).