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Broiler breeder pullets from the study in which the effects of three fibre-rich types of feed on the animal welfare during rearing have been examined. Photo: Anja B. Riber.

2020.06.08 | Anis

The effects of different types of fibre-rich feed on welfare in broiler breeder pullets

Reduced energy content in the standard feed combined with a daily allocation of roughage may be the way to go to prevent problems of hunger and unsatisfied behavioural needs in conventional broiler parents. This is what the results of a comprehensive study show. The study was conducted by Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, at the…

2020.05.19 | Anis

Ph.D.-defence: Controlling mastitis in dairy cows

Alice Puk Skarbye will have her PhD defence on 8 June 2020. The PhD defence will be held online. To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to Charlotte.Steffensen@anis.au.dk.

What happens to hydrogen and carbon when the production of methane from cattle is reduced? Researchers at AU Foulum are investigating this in a new feeding experiment. Photo: Linda S. Sørensen.

2020.05.14 | Anis

What happens to hydrogen and carbon when the production of methane from cattle is reduced?

Methane consists of carbon and hydrogen, and the production of methane in the rumen of cattle can be reduced significantly by for example adding fat or by adding a new feed additive, Bovaer®, to the ration. Researchers at AU Foulum are now investigating where that carbon and hydrogen end up, and whether the lower production of methane means that…

2020.04.29 | Anis

The 4th SmartCow newsletter is now available

The 4th SmartCow newsletter is now available! For receiving the future issues it is possible to sign up for the newsletter at smartcow.eu. SmartCow integrates key European cattle research infrastructures to promote their coordinated use and development and thereby help the European cattle sector face the challenge of sustainable production.

2020.04.24 | Anis

SEGES summit is postponed to 2021

The conference SEGES summit - THINK Piglet Health & Nutrition 2020, that was planned in September in Copenhagen, is postponed one year due to the Covid-19 situation.

Studies conducted by the Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, show that mainly the natural form of vitamin E in the feed is segregated to the cow’s milk. Photo: Linda S. Sørensen.

2020.05.07 | Anis

The cow favours natural over synthetic vitamin E for the cow milk

When the cow is fed grass with a naturally high vitamin E content, the milk’s content of vitamin E is higher than when the cow is primarily fed feed containing synthetic vitamin E. The explanation is that the cow favours natural vitamin E over synthetic vitamin E. This is what studies conducted by researchers at AU Foulum show. The results have…

One of the equipages from the study wearing a weight vest with extra weight from lead blocks. In total, 20 equipages were included in the study. Photo: KA Photo.

2020.05.11 | Anis

Do rider weight and balance affect horse welfare?

It seems like the rider’s weight does not affect the horse’s welfare as much previously expected. Neither the horse’s stress hormone level, heart rate nor behaviour was affected during moderate work when the rider gained 25% weight in a project conducted by Aarhus University. However, the horses showed signs of discomfort and stress if the rider’s…

2020.04.20 | Anis

Ph.D. position: Welfare in farm mink

A new Ph.d. position is now available: Welfare in farm mink –which cage resources do mink perceive as beneficial?" Deadline for application is "May 1st 2020.

New English textbook on welfare of pigs: ”Animal welfare in practice: Pigs”.

2020.04.02 | Anis

AU researchers provide input to a new international textbook on welfare in pigs

A new English textbook on welfare of pigs brings research-based knowledge to those working with the animals on a daily basis. The book is available in many countries, and acknowledged welfare researchers from around the world – including five researchers from Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University – have contributed to the book with their…

In collaboration with Danish Technological Institute, Aarhus University has conducted a questionnaire survey among drivers transporting cull sows to a large Danish slaughterhouse. Photo: Mette S. Herskin.

2020.04.01 | Anis

What do livestock drivers transporting sows think about fitness for transport and animal welfare during transport?

New knowledge about a professional group – the drivers – who are key to securing animals’ welfare during transport but rarely included in research projects.

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