Livestock fact check: new series delves into data behind popular figures

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Vanessa Meadu

Facts around livestock feature prominently in debates about the economy, environment and human health, but some of the most commonly cited facts are not rooted in clear evidence.

That’s why the Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) community of experts are investigating the most widespread claims. Their findings are published today in the first of a series of fact sheets known as Livestock Fact Check.

Facts checked (so far):

Each fact sheet uncovers the origins, calculations and context of commonly cited facts, and points to any gaps in the data, and implications for future research.

The factsheets are designed to inform both critics and advocates who are interested and engaged in discussions around livestock; and aim to ensure these discussions are based on appropriately interpreted  evidence and data.

We welcome your feedback, suggestions and questions – please leave your comments below.


Livestock Fact Check is an ongoing project which investigates and clarifies commonly cited facts about livestock. The livestock factsheets and webinar are produced by the Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) community of practice. LD4D aims to drive informed livestock decision-making through better use of existing data and analyses.

LD4D is coordinated by the Supporting Evidence Based Interventions project, based at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

Header photo: Muluneh feeds the sheep ready for market separate from the others. Z. Sewunet (ILRI) (source)