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Pork from organic pigs that are not soiled in manure and that have a reduced live weight at slaughter has a reduced risk of boar taint.
Large litter size is one of the factors leading to a higher production of colostrum in the sow, according to studies carried out in the Department of Animal Science. The scientists also found that a good beginning paves the way for a continued productive lactation.
A combination of fermentation and enzyme addition increases the nutritional value of alternative sources of feedstuffs for pigs. Particularly the digestibility of fibre and phosphorus is improved.
Associate Professor Janne Winter Christensen from the Department of Animal Science has been elected Vice President of the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES). The organization is working to improve the welfare of horses by promoting research and knowledge about training methods and the horse-rider relationship
Assessment of mink welfare on individual mink farms can probably be simplified, by for example reducing the number of inspections from three to two. The mink farmer can use the results to optimise the conditions for the animals and to reveal whether the animals are thriving.
A passion for working with animals led to the unique opportunity of earning a double degree in animal nutrition from two different universities in Europe.
Reduced weight loss in sows and higher weight of the piglets at weaning are the benefits of a new feeding strategy for nursing sows. The idea is to feed the sows according to need with a two-component diet adapted to the changing needs of the sows.
A recent PhD study has investigated animal welfare in organic egg production and found an association between hen mortality and the level of parasite infection.
The annual report 2014 from DCA – Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture is now available.
On 22 May 2015, Aarhus University is inaugurating an HTL pilot plant at AU Foulum. The new plant converts organic materials such as grass or organic waste into bio-crude oil, which can replace fossil oil for producing fuels and chemicals. The plant is based on newly developed, ground-breaking technologies.
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