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Being a horse during the summer heat may be tough due to annoying insects. Photo: Janne W. Christensen.

2020.03.16 | Anis

A new project focuses on insect harassment of horses on pasture

Horses benefit from grazing – both in terms of their physical and psychological well-being. However, insects and summer heat can affect and may be a threat to the horses’ welfare. A new project at AU Foulum investigates the occurrence of insects and the importance of shade.

A group of young horses from the project in relation to the fear test in which the horses are exposed to a “frightening object” by means of an umbrella. Photo: Janne Winther Christensen.

2020.03.16 | Anis

Can a single experienced horse in a group attenuate the young horses’ fear reactions?

Yes, it looks like it. Researchers at Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, have studied what it means to young horses to be exposed to a frightening situation when one of the horses in the group is already habituated to the situation – and the results seem promising.

2019.05.23 | PhD defense

Obesity and metabolic syndrome in miniature pigs as models for human disease

PhD student Mihai Victor Curtasu will defend his thesis 4 June in the auditorium at AU Foulum. The defence is public.

2019.04.30 | Anis

Seven training courses are scheduled in the EU-project SmartCow

Interested in feed efficiency of cattle and methane emissions? Join the SmartCow training program!

2019.04.01 | Anis

Latest newsletter from the EU SmartCow project

The second edition of the SmartCow newsletter is now available. SmartCow is an EU project under the Horizon 2020 programme for the cattle sector. The purpose of the project is to provide free access to leading cattle research facilities.

Cull sows arrived at the slaughter plant. Photo: Carsten Kjærulff Christensen.

2019.04.09 | Anis

How do cull sows respond to the transport to the slaughter plant?

New research from the Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, shows that transport of cull sows to the slaughter plant in many cases involves a deterioration of the sows’ physical condition compared to before they were loaded on the truck. The results may play a part in improving animal welfare during transport and contribute to the…

The pigs are fed a diet in which part of the protein comes from clover grass.

2019.02.28 | DCA

Putting grass protein to the test

A group of researchers is currently examining whether it will be possible to replace traditional protein sources with protein from clover grass in organic pig feed. They are rather optimistic.

The next Call for proposals will be launched in April 2019. Photo: Linda S. Sørensen.

2019.02.12 | Anis

New funding opportunity for dairy and beef research

Funding has just been announced for eleven new projects funded by the EU SmartCow project. The new projects cover a wide range of nutrition and feed topics – with important effects on product quality, greenhouse gas emissions and animal welfare. The next Call for Proposals will be launched in April 2019.

Cows in the study during transport. Photo: Kirstin Dahl-Pedersen.

2019.01.31 | Anis

New knowledge about transport of cull cows to slaughter

Transport of dairy cows to slaughter may result in deterioration of their clinical condition. New research from the Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, may play a part in improving animal welfare during transport and contribute to the debate about the concept of fitness for transport.

WelFur has been promoted as a so-called “Self-Regulation and Co-Regulation Initiative” by the European Commission, which is a great stamp of approval.  Photo: Mette Graves Madsen.

2019.03.07 | Anis

Distinguished acknowledgement of the animal welfare programme WelFur

The animal welfare programme WelFur has been promoted as a so-called “Self-Regulation and Co-Regulation Initiative” by the European Commission. It is the first animal welfare-focussing programme ever to achieve the stamp of approval by the Commission.

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