Project Description

Logistics in the slaughter industry

Animal transport is increasing in the world, accounting for significant effects on economic value, animal welfare and COemissions. These animal transports also haves implications for the spread of infectious animal diseases which can have a dramatic impact on both health and economic values. An economically efficient and sustainable system for the transport of animals may also result in increasing the competitiveness of rural areas and farmers, which means that cultural and environmental policy objectives can be strengthened.

The aim of the project is to deliver strategic planning and route optimization tools to reduce animal movements and thus also COemissions by 20-40 %. The methods and planning tools have been developed for the forestry industry and will in this project be adapted and refined to the needs of the slaughter industry. The project is interdisciplinary with a unique combination of skills and it has distinct and diverse positive effects:

  1. Climate goal: reducing CO2 emissions
  2. Enhancing the competitiveness of the industry: reduced costs for slaughterhouses
  3. Increased animal welfare: reduced transport time
  4. Environmental: biodiversity-enhanced competitiveness of farming in Sweden and thus the ability to preserve natural grazing areas and its biodiversity
  5. Human health and economic values: improved meat quality and the possibility of limiting the spread of contagious animal diseases

The project is funded by VINNNOVA and coordinated by Linköping University. HKScan and Skogforsk are partners in the project.
Creative Optimization will, as subcontractor to Skogforsk, develop a prototype to a decision support tool that will read data from HKScan, use the refined optimization tool to create transportation plans and present the plans in maps and schedules.