Department of Animal Science

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


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…

High calf mortality is a major challenge and perhaps even a threat to the organic dairy producers’ reputation. Stock photo

2016.03.18 | Anis, Cattle, DCA

Mortality among organic dairy calves to be reduced

An alliance of six organic farmers, two industrial partners and scientists from Aarhus University is set to develop new methods for the housing and management of calves to reduce the high mortality rate in organic cattle herds.

Ensiled maize kernels in the feed reduced mortality and improves foot pad health and meat quality in broilers. Photo: Colourbox

2016.03.18 | Anis, Poultry, DCA

Ensiled kernel maize improves broiler welfare

A lower mortality rate and improved footpad health and meat quality of broilers are some of the positive effects of using ensiled kernel maize in broiler feed, according to results from a PhD study at the Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University.


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.


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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