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Precision Livestock

Precision Livestock

Release Date: Each September

Professional Accreditation: IEMA (as part of MSc)

Lead Organisation: IBERS, Aberystwyth University


Learn how technology can improve resource management in livestock production

Precision livestock farming provides continuous automated real-time data to help monitor and manage livestock production at an individual level. This module introduces the latest precision technologies and looks at how these can be used to improve monitoring and benchmarking within intensive and extensive livestock systems.  We will also explore the potential for these technologies to improve biosecurity, traceability and reduce losses from the wider supply system.

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List of Units


A brief overview of precision technologies past and present

The challenges that precision livestock technologies can solve

Strengths and limitations of precision technologies for producers

Research on current technologies

Novel uses for current technologies, a look at current research into the benefits of certain technologies

Future technologies

Concepts and ideas

Identifying relevant technologies

Look at the research, validation, design and development of new technologies

Transferring technologies between sectors

Transferring technologies between sectors

Utilising outputs

How different actors within a supply system can utilise outputs from precision technologies

Uptake and continuity of new technologies

From early adopters, to jumping the gap, to mainstream

Case Studies

Using case studies to identify how precision technology can be used


Tutors Name
Dr Neil MacKintosh


Elan Davies

I work with Welsh red meat farmers as part of my job, developing and implementing project work on farms. This can be trialling new technologies for example, so gaining a broader knowledge on the technologies that are out there for precision agriculture use will really benefit me with developing project ideas for the future.