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Research at the Department of Animal Science

Via the links below you can find information about current research activities, -projects and -results on all of the research areas at the Department of Animal Science.

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Study programmes at Department of Animal Science

The Department of Animal Science aims to be visible in society in general, e.g. by strong cooperative relations with knowledge institutions, trade and industry as well as companies in Denmark and abroad. The research activities are often accomplished in cooperation with other national or international research environments, industrial partners or industrial associations.


Department of Animal Science

Aarhus University
Blichers Alle 20
DK-8830 Tjele
Phone: +45 8715 6000


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2016.08.17 | Anis, Poultry, Cattle, Pigs, DCA

Open Farm Day at Aarhus University in Foulum

Aarhus University in Foulum will open its doors to visitors on September 18. Drop by and discover the world of modern farming and research.

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.


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Ph.d. course: Animal Experimentation, November 7-10 2016
Registration deadline is September 15 2016
Mon 07 Nov
13:00-18:00 | AU Foulum
PhD defence: Does antibiotics reduce the health benefits associated with whole grain intake? Studies on lignan absorption and metabolism
Anne Katrine Bolvig Sørensen from the Department of Animal Science will defend her PhD Monday 7 Novemberin meeting room 2 at AU Foulum.
Mon 27 Feb
00:00-00:00 |
Ph.d. course: Measuring and assessing animal welfare at herd level


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