Recent IoT technologies enable more productive, efficient livestock management by collecting information and taking actions in a timely, precise manner for individual animals or flocks as needed. Precision livestock farming (PLF) is a key concept that allows farmers to significantly improve the way they care for and manage livestock through automated, continuous data collection and measurement with the use of cameras, microphones, and sensors. These innovations contribute to product safety, animal health and welfare, and environmental sustainability. This course will give an overview of the status of and challenges in livestock production, applications of PLF and other innovations, and good practices to improve livestock productivity sustainably in APO member countries. Concepts and principles of PLF, case studies of successful PLF implementation in poultry and other livestock, and how to apply PLF in the Asia-Pacific region will be presented.

Course Objectives

The main objectives of this course are:

  • Understand the challenges and opportunities in livestock value chains.
  • Learn about the concepts and principles of PLF.
  • Examine case studies of successful implementation of PLF and its contributions to value chains.

Course Modules

This e-learning course will cover the following modules:
Module 1: Opportunities and challenges in the livestock industry 
Module 2: Overview of smart livestock farming: Key considerations 
Module 3: PLF: Concepts and principles 
Module 4: PLF: Case studies of successful PLF implementation 
Module 5: Applications of PLF to livestock value chains in the Asia-Pacific

Important Notes:

  1. Participants who register to take this course and pass the final examination with a score of 70% or higher will be eligible to receive the APO certificate. Please note that the final examination can be taken only once. Therefore, the most appropriate time to take the examination should be chosen carefully. The self-assessment quizzes are for personal evaluation only and are not related to the final examination results. 
  2. Participants who perform well in this course and receive the APO certificate will be given preference, on a merit basis, for selection to attend follow-up face-to-face multicountry APO projects on similar topics, when nominated by their NPOs and if slots are available.
  3. Notes 1 and 2 are applicable only to participants from APO member countries. Participants from nonmember countries are welcome to take the course for self-improvement, although they will not have an opportunity to attend the follow-up face-to-face multicountry APO projects.
  4. Each module is in a prerecorded video format in which the expert delivers presentations by explaining each slide. Participants can access the video by clicking on the link provided under the title of each module.
Course Duration in Hours: 10 hours
Skill Level: Beginner
Upcoming Course: No
New Course: Yes