Danish Cattle Research Centre


Optimising the cow's feeding can improve her yield and welfare while also benefiting the environment. Photo: Jesper Rais

2014.08.19 | DCA

Cow diets tailored to individual yield potentials

Scientists are developing strategies for tailoring the allocation of concentrates to the individual cow. Such allocation may increase the cow's milk yield and significantly improve her feed efficiency and result in a better health, welfare, economy and environment.

[Translate to English:] -Økologiske husdyrbrug kan bidrage til, at fremtidens fødevareproduktion er bæredygtig på en lang række områder, siger seniorforsker Mette Vaarst. Foto: Janne Hansen

2014.08.18 | DCA

Better animal welfare and robustness in future livestock systems

Integrated and well-designed organic livestock systems can improve the welfare and health not only of the farm animals but also the environment and the people who look after the animals.

In a new project at Aarhus University, researchers  cooperate with the company Jyden Bur to develop a concept with self-served maternity pens based on the cow's natural tendency to seek isolation from the herd before calving. The potential is better animal health and welfare and reduced expenses. Photo: Jesper Rais, AU Foto

2014.06.17 | Research

New maternity pen to improve cow welfare

Researchers at Aarhus University in collaboration with the company Jyden Bur will develop a self-operated maternity pen. The idea is to take advantage of the cow's natural tendency to seek isolation from the herd before calving. This has the potential to improve animal welfare, because the cow can calve undisturbed whereby the risk of calving…

Agriculture is obligated to reduce its impact on the environment. In an experiment at AU Foulum, scientists have in a small trial repeated international experiments with the supplementation of nitrate to cattle feed and reduced methane emissions by up to 20 per cent. Photo: Jesper Rais

2013.09.12 | Research

Adding nitrate to dairy cow ration reduces methane emissions

In a new project at AU Foulum the target is a 20 per cent reduction in methane emissions in cow burps. This could seriously reduce the agricultural impact on the climate.

A Danish-Brazilian project is investigating possibilities for improving reproduction technology in cows. Photo: Janne Hansen

2013.08.01 | Research

Genetic tools aid reproduction in cows

Danish and Brazilian scientists have joined forces to improve the practical use of reproductive technologies in beef and dairy cows. The Brazilian partners have extensive practical experience and large amounts of data, while the Danes provide the research expertise in genetics and reproductive technologies.

Forty-five heads of cattle of which 30 are Limousine times Holstein crossbreds (photo) and 15 are pure Holsteins form the basis of a research project investigating the potential for an increased production of organic beef meat from young animals. Photo: Mogens Vestergaard, AU

2013.05.29 | Research

An increased production and supply of organic beef products may soon be a reality

Crossing of organic dairy and beef cattle is the subject of a new research project at Aarhus University to reveal whether there is a potential for theproduction of organic beef meat based on young crossbred cattle for organic farmers, who wish to specialise in beef production.

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