Optimization of stocks in animal husbandry through digitalization opportunities in the planning of deliveries

N. Petrova, N. Kostadinova, G. Aleksiev*

Department of Management, Faculty of Economics, Trakia University, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

(Manuscript received 30 June 2022; accepted for publication 14 December 2023)

Abstract. Bulgarian animal husbandry has undergone several transformations since the country’s accession to the EU. The declining levels of institutional support in recent years have necessitated the optimization of activities and the rational use of available resources. This requires the introduction of modern digital management methods for livestock farms. The aim of the present study is to assess the digitalization in supply planning for optimization of stocks in animal husbandry. To achieve this goal it is necessary to solve the following tasks: to analyze the problems in the cyclical supply of feed stocks; to study the models for optimization of stocks in animal husbandry; to assess the possibilities for digitalization of the processes of supply and management of feed stocks. The expectations from the research are that digitalization of the processes will optimize the supplies and stocks in animal husbandry, which is a prerequisite for efficiency and continuity of the production process. The results of the study show that consistently optimizing the existing, warranty, and preparatory stock is crucial for enhancing efficiency on any animal husbandry farm. Integrating digital technologies to monitor, analyze, optimize, and schedule these stocks can enhance farm efficiency, mitigate risks, and safeguard the environment.