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Route optimization as an instrument to improve animal welfare and economics in pre-slaughter logistics
Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM), Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden .
University of Skövde, School of Bioscience. University of Skövde, The Systems Biology Research Centre. (Ekologisk modellering, Ecological modeling)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3965-7371
Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM), Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden .
The Forestry Research Institute of Sweden, Uppsala, Sweden .
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2018 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 13, no 3, article id e0193223Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Each year, more than three million animals are transported from farms to abattoirs in Sweden. Animal transport is related to economic and environmental costs and a negative impact on animal welfare. Time and the number of pick-up stops between farms and abattoirs are two key parameters for animal welfare. Both are highly dependent on efficient and qualitative transportation planning, which may be difficult if done manually. We have examined the benefits of using route optimization in cattle transportation planning. To simulate the effects of various planning time windows and transportation time regulations and number of pick-up stops along each route, we have used data that represent one year of cattle transport. Our optimization model is a development of a model used in forestry transport that solves a general pick-up and delivery vehicle routing problem. The objective is to minimize transportation costs. We have shown that the length of the planning time window has a significant impact on the animal transport time, the total driving time and the total distance driven; these parameters that will not only affect animal welfare but also affect the economy and environment in the pre-slaughter logistic chain. In addition, we have shown that changes in animal transportation regulations, such as minimizing the number of allowed pick-up stops on each route or minimizing animal transportation time, will have positive effects on animal welfare measured in transportation hours and number of pick-up stops. However, this leads to an increase in working time and driven distances, leading to higher transportation costs for the transport and negative environmental impact.

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2018. Vol. 13, no 3, article id e0193223
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animal experiment, animal welfare, article, economics, environmental impact, forestry, nonhuman, workingtime
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Transport Systems and Logistics Food Science
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Ecological Modelling Group; INF502 Biomarkers
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-14964DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0193223ISI: 000426896800045PubMedID: 29513704Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85043336358OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-14964DiVA, id: diva2:1191199
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