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Still, renewed requests come from the industry to investigate the optimal delivery weight problem. This revival might be due to several reasons. First, the decision context is dynamic in time and spatially situated. For example, pricing schemes can differ between different regions and have changed with time. Similarly, spatial-temporal dynamics in market conditions might require the information to be updated. Moreover, the production process has changed; genotypes have been further improved by genetic selection and alternatives for surgical castrated males, in the form of intact and GnRH-vaccinated males are being used increasingly as a response to welfare concerns.
Secondly, some issues for practical use of optimization models arise. Optimizing delivery weight is a relatively complex problem and as for all hard-science based optimisation models, the application of these model in practise is troublesome (Martin, 2015). Historical optimisation models might not have reached the intended decision makers. In the past, computational capacity of computers (Glen, 1983), might have been a burden. Nowadays this issue should be greatly overcome. Still, the theoretical and mathematical complexity (Tanure et al., 2013), combined with a reliance on large informational needs and parameters which are difficult to estimate on farms (Black, 2014), still pose burdens on practical implementation of optimisation models. Lastly, the historic optimization models might have included too much decision variables, over which farmers do not have (full) control or information to be able to include these variables in their decision set. This might have limited the applicability of these model’s and their results in a practical context.
To acquire a clear understanding of the practical decision context and to be able to develop a model close aligned with the end-users needs, a participatory problem analysis (see Leen et al., 2017) of the delivery weight decision was executed. In this process stakeholders were involved in reframing the decision problem, i.e. listing the crucial factor and processes to be modelled and the questions to be solved. The industry members demanded insight into i) the evolution of losses due to suboptimal delivery in addition to the mere optimization results, ii) the effect of sex and differences in animal performance on the optimal delivery results and iii) the value of having separate delivery moments for different sexes in the same batch (split-harvesting). However, the experts did put more emphasis on the learning potential of the model simulations for the farmers than on the normative value of the model producing the simulations (Leen et al., 2017). While the proposed model outlook aligned with the historical studies, they urged to limit the model complexity to enhance the conceptual accessibility and applicability and prevent the user of being discouraged to use the model. Therefore, the objective of this study was to provide insights into questions raised by stakeholders concerning the optimization of finisher pig delivery weights at the tactical decision level. For this aim, a simulation model was developed, in line with the expectations and needs of the pig production stakeholders.
|Publicatiestatus||Gepubliceerd - 27-apr-2017|
|Evenement||18th PhD Symposium Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics - Brussel, België|
Duur: 27-apr-2017 → 27-apr-2017
|Symposium||18th PhD Symposium Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics|
|Periode||27/04/17 → 27/04/17|
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PHDFREDERIK: Bedrijfsspecifieke beslissingsondersteuning voor optimalisatie van het slachtgewicht van vleesvarkens in een complexe en veranderende beslissingscontext.
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Frederik Leen (Deelnemer)27-apr-2017
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