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NARO-FFTC Joint Symposium 2019 : Current Trends and Perspectives of IoT /AI Technologies in the Livestock Industry


     In Japan and Western countries, the number of livestock per farm tends to be large as animal husbandry is accumulated to large-scale farmers. It is therefore necessary to develop technologies that will allow livestock management by a small number of people. Aiming on the establishment of a labor saving and precise farming system, IoT (Internet of Things) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are now utilized to develop technology for smart livestock management. Various techniques including dairy farming automation and diseases detection through "visualization" of livestock health condition realized by sensor technology have been developed as well. In Japan for example, milking robots, activity sensors, body surface temperature sensors, rumen sensors, etc. have been developed and currently used by livestock farmers.
     National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), cosponsored by the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asian and Pacific Region (FFTC), will hold a joint symposium. We invite domestic and foreign researchers to this symposium for introducing the current state of technology development related to smart livestock management including advanced technologies in Western countries and to discuss future prospects in order to contribute to the spread of smart livestock technology suitable for the Asia-Pacific region.


  • To share information on the state-of-the-art research in animal husbandry and zoology;
  • To provide a venue for exchange of ideas, emerging technologies and knowledge on smart livestock industry with potential applications in the Asian and Pacific region


National Agricultural and Food Research Organization (NARO)
Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC)

Date and Venue

October 24-25, 2019
Convention Hall 200,
Tsukuba International Congress Center
2-20-3, Takezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-0032, Japan.

Program - Tentative schedule

Thu, October 24th, 2019
8:30 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 9:10 Welcome Remarks
Dr. Kazuo KYUMA, NARO President
9:10 -9:20 Opening Remarks
Dr. Kuo-Ching LIN, FFTC Director
9:20 -9:30 Greetings from the Ministry
Session I Precision and Smart Farming Systems
Chaired by Dr. HALACHMI and Dr. Makoto HIRAKO
9:30 -10:10 Keynote Lecture I
Precision dairy opportunities and challenges
Dr. Jeffrey BEWLEY / Alltech, Inc.
10:10 - 10:40 Lecture I-1
Introduction of smart dairy farming and an enclosed dairy house with low profile cross ventilation system
Prof. Atsuo IKEGUCHI / Utsunomiya University
10:40 - 11:00 Group Photo & Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30 Lecture I-2
Robots for Herd Management of Dairy Cows in Tropical Taiwan
Dr. Ming-Che WU / Livestock Research Institute, COA
11:30 - 12:00 Lecture I-3
Livestock production in Korea: recent trend and future prospects of ICT technology
Dr. Hee-Chul CHOI / National Institute of Animal Science, RDA
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:00 Lecture I-4
Egg production recording system of Taiwan Native Chicken
Dr. Der-Yuh LIN / Livestock Research Institute, COA
14:00 - 14:30 Lecture I-5
Farmnote initiative to be brain of agriculture
Mr. Soichiro HONDA / Farmnote Holdings Inc.
Session II IoT & AI Technologies for Improving Animal Production and Welfare
Chaired by Dr. WU and Dr. Kenichi YAYOU
14:30 - 15:10 Keynote Lecture II
Real time sensors and their application for Improving animal production and animal welfare
Dr. Ilan HALACHMI / Institute of Agricultural Engineering, ARO
15:10 - 15:40 Lecture II-1
A Low-Cost IoT-Based System to Monitor Cows' Behaviors
Prof. Duc-Tan TRAN / Phenikaa University
15:40 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:30 Lecture II-2
Perspective: The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for improving commercial pig and poultry productions in Thailand
Prof. Chaiyapoom BUNCHASAK / Kasetsart University
16:30 - 17:00 Lecture II-3
Reproductive management in cattle: relationship between body temperature and reproductive hormone change
Fri, October 25th, 2019
8:30 - 9:00 Registration
Session III IoT & AI Technologies for Detecting Animal Diseases
Chaired by Dr. BEWLEY and Prof. Masayoshi KUWAHARA
9:00 - 9:40 Keynote Lecture III
Early detection of livestock diseases by using wireless wearable sensors
9:40 - 10:10 Lecture III-1
Assessment of Biosecurity level in Pig and poultry production system in Vietnam using Biocheck technology
Dr. Thi Kim Cuc NGO / National Institute of Animal Sciences, Vietnam
10:10 -10:40 Lecture III-2
Detection and prediction of risk factors associated with production losses using production records on commercial pig farms
Dr. Yosuke SASAKI / University of Miyazaki
10:40 - 11:10 Lecture III-3
Malaysia: Ruminant Profiling and Disease Monitoring System
Dr. Mohd Syaifudin Bin Abdul Rahman / MARDI
11:10 - 11:40 Lecture III-4
Measurement of Reticuloruminal Function in Cattle using a Bolus-Type Wireless Sensor
Dr. Shozo ARAI / NARO
11:40 - 11:50 Closing Remarks
Dr. Akira HASEBE, FFTC Deputy Director
11:50 - 12:00 Conferring of Certificates of Appreciation
FFTC and NARO representatives


The participation fee is free.
The maximum number of participants are 200. Pre-registration is required. Participants are requested to hand-in a name/business card at the symposium reception desk.


Please register using the NARO symposium Online registration form here.
The personal information received will be handled appropriately according to the NARO Privacy Policy ( and will not be used for any purpose other than for the organizing of this symposium.

Supported by

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) Japan


NARO International Relations Section
Tel: +81 (0) 29-838-8285


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