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Livestock Data Interchange Standards Community Group

A group of dairy and sheep/beef organisations in New Zealand have agreed to collaborate on standardising the interchange of data about farm animals (livestock) and the management, health, and production information that is recorded for these animals. There are reasons why it is timely for the New Zealand dairy industry in particular to work on these problems, but we intend the work to support multiple species and to draw on previous international work and be relevant for use internationally.

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Animal Observations and Measurements

We’ve uploaded a new document that discusses and provides a data dictionary for observations and measurements about animals, herds, and groups of animals.

You can download this from

We are currently running workshops in Hamilton, Wellington, and Christchurch New Zealand. Expect some revised versions to these documents as an outcome.

Animal Life Data data dictionary for discussion

I’ve uploaded a draft Data Dictionary for Animal Life Data to

We would appreciate you taking the time to read through, and then posting your feedback using the mailing list or the Wiki (you’ll need to register). If you’re not a regular visitor, but would like to discuss directly with me, drop me an email (format

Thanks, Andrew Cooke.


Welcome to the W3C working group for livestock data interchange standards. Our goal is to develop practical and extensible standards for interchanging data about farmed animals.
The initial impetus for this project has come from a New Zealand dairy industry project funded by New Zealand dairy farmers through DairyNZ, and by FarmIQ systems, and the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries. Rezare Systems is leading that project and providing editing and BA resource for this standards work.
If you have found this page and would like to get involved, we encourage you to register with W3C and join us. You may also like to read more about the initial workshops on Animal Data Interchange that have led to this standards work.
We have also started editing the Wiki, which will contain links and information about reference materials and standards documents.