Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science, NARO

Division of Advanced Feeding Technology Research

The livestock industry is suffering from a chronic labor shortage due to the large amount of time required for daily operations such as feed supply, breeding management, and manure disposal. Another major issue is the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the livestock industry.
To solve these problems, we are developing technologies to collect and utilize data from milking robots and other devices and build a digital model of livestock facilities. In addition, by combining composting technology with nitrogen removal technology in sewage purification treatment, we aim to reduce nitrogen in manure and GHG emissions (Smart Livestock Facilities Group). In addition, we are studying a new breeding management system that utilizes sensing data such as images and fattening evaluation indicators to save labor in breeding management, which accounts for 20-30% of the total work time (Livestock Reproduction Group).
These technologies will be used to build a smart animal facility system that can manage everything from animal feeding to excretion, with the aim of improving livestock productivity.

A localized milking system for Japanese style under development



Research Group