National Institute of Animal Health, NARO

Division of Hygiene Management Research

At livestock production sites, productive diseases such as diarrhea, pneumonia, opportunistic infections, mastitis, metabolic disorders, and reproductive disorders in immature animals, have become a problem. There are also toxic diseases caused by various toxins in the environment. On the other hand, issues such as decreasing number of livestock workers, aging population and labor shortages are becoming more serious. For this reason, it is necessary to develop data-driven livestock hygiene management technology by eliminating the shortage of workers and controlling diseases by reducing the labor burden of workers and by improving the precision and labor saving of disease early detection and health management on farms.

In the Division of Hygiene Management Research, we are conducting research for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of animal diseases using methods such as biochemistry, toxicology, immunology, and pathology. We are engaged in the development of a data-driven disease management system that estimates the progression of disease and early detection of disease using biological sensing and video analysis technology. We also work towards the development of built-in milk sensor system for the milking machine and mastitis vaccine.We also offer technical training and disease assessment. Through the development of a pathological diagnosis assistance system that creates a database of digital pathological images, we aim to improve the accuracy and labor saving of early detection of diseases and health management on farms, and to contribute to solving the labor shortage of farmers and improving productivity by controlling diseases. We also offer technical training and morbidity assessment.

Intravaginal sensor (left) and tail sensor (right) developed by NIAH.
Vaginal sensors can measure vaginal temperature and electrical conductivity, and tail sensors can measure body surface temperature and acceleration.


OSAKI Makoto

Research Group