Department of Animal Science

  • Generates knowledge and potential solutions for sustainable livestock production
    human nutrition and health


2016.05.30 | Anis, Poultry, Pigs, DCA

Erysipelas - an emerging disease in animal friendly production systems for poultry and pigs

Erysipelas is a severe infectious disease caused by the bacterium Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae. The disease is well-known, but basic knowledge particularly on the infection in chickens, is lacking. A new project (EryPoP) will provide novel information that will enable scientifically based guidelines to prevent future erysipelas outbreaks.

New results are useful for improving genetic evaluations of Holstein cow fertility. Photo: Linda S. Sørensen

2016.06.03 | Cattle, Anis

Improved breeding value assessment for reproductive performance in dairy cows

The routine breeding value assessment for reproductive performance in Denmark and Sweden may be improved by means of activity-based fertility traits. This is demonstrated by results from a recently finished PhD project. In addition, it has been demonstrated that the genetic variation in reproductive performance changes in relation to calving…

The results show that meal feed seems to be the best strategy if you want to prevent gastric ulcers in pigs.

2016.05.26 | Anis, Pigs, DCA

Need for strenghtened efforts to prevent gastric ulcers in slaughter pigs

A recently finished research project investigated the farmer’s possibilities to identify gastric ulcers in pig herds and examined whether adding hemp to the feed might solve the problem. The results show that meal feed seems to be the best strategy if you want to prevent gastric ulcers in pigs.

The Feed-a-gene project aims to improve monogastric livestock production systems (pigs, poultry and rabbits) in order to increase overall efficiency and reduce the environmental impact.

2016.05.10 | Anis, Poultry, Pigs, DCA

Sustainability of livestock production - the focus of the EU Feed-a-Gene project

A large and ambitious EU project will be looking on ways to increase the efficiency and sustainability of pig and poultry production. This is to be achieved by developing new feeds, feeding technologies and management systems and by the selection of more robust and adaptable animals.

Scientists have proven that you can increase butyrate production by eating a healthy, high-fibre diet. Photo: Colourbox

2016.05.04 | Anis, DCA

Fibres make a difference

The diet in the western world is characterised as being low in fibre and high in fat and refined carbohydrates. This unhealthy lifestyle increases the risks for a number of lifestyle diseases. This is why scientists have to think of alternative ways for obtaining all the benefits of fibre without having to consume large quantities of carrots and…


Mon 03 Oct
09:00-16:00 | Aarhus University in Foulum, Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele
PhD course in poultry production and health in October 2016
Registration deadline is August 1st.
Mon 10 Oct
00:00-00:00 | Golf Hotel Viborg, Randersvej 2, 8800 Viborg
Ph.d. course: Measuring and assessing animal welfare at herd level
Registration deadline is August 1st.


To support research and education the department has at its disposal unique research facilities for cattle, pigs, poultry, mink, organic animal platform as well as farmland (production of experimental feed) and intensive experimental laboratories.



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