Working Groups

LD4D includes a series of short-life working groups which is 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. Read more Livestock Fact Check


LiveGAPS aims to identify ways to maximise yields in livestock systems for poverty alleviation, global food security and sustainability. Read more LiveGAPS

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. Read more Decision makers’ needs study

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. Read more Knowledge platform and data portal

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. Read more Data visualisations and dashboards

Data quality

This group will explore elements of data quality by considering fitness of purpose of data obtained from secondary sources and practices to generate good quality primary data. Read more Data quality

Modelling Impact

This group brings together modellers and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grantees to model productivity gains brought about as a result of BMGF grantees work. Read more Modelling Impact

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. Read more Livestock Modelling Group


This group will plan and deliver communications and engagement activities that support knowledge sharing within the community, and help inform livestock discussions more widely. Read more Communications

Livestock Ontologies

This group brings together organisations and individuals interested in livestock ontologies, and to answer the question “How do we present livestock data in a consistent manner?”Read more Livestock Ontologies