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2020.03.26 | Cattle

Professorship in the area of production and lactation physiology in ruminants

Department of Animal Science invites invites highly qualified applicants to apply for a professorship in the area of production and lactation physiology in ruminants. Deadline for application is 10 May 2020.

A study at Aarhus University shows that lame dairy cows housed in hospital pens recover better. Photo: Peter Thomsen.

2020.03.25 | Anis

Lame cows recover better when housed in hospital pens

Lame cows benefit from housing in hospital pens. This is – in short - the result from a study made in collaboration between Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, and SEGES.

Feed trough developed for quantifying hunger with a weighted gate, which may be made gradually heavier, so that the cows need to push harder and harder to gain access to reward concentrate. Photo: Guilherme A. Franchi.

2020.03.04 | Anis

Dairy cows fed a low-energy diet around dry-off show signs of hunger

Researchers from AU have studied to which extent the feed energy density affects dairy cows’ feeding motivation during dry-off. A motivational test showed that using low energy diets to dry-off high-yielding dairy cows results in hunger despite ad libitum access.

[Translate to English:] Jerseyko i fodringsforsøg ved AU Foulum. Foto: Linda S. Sørensen.

2020.02.11 | Anis

The amount of roughage has a major influence on cows’ methane production

A feeding trial at AU Foulum has shown that cows’ enteric methane emission decreases markedly when the amount of roughage in the feed ration is limited significantly. However, this feeding strategy is not applicable in practice, as it challenges the cows’ health as well as the farmer’s economy.

Winged kelp (Alaria esculenta) from Lofoten. Photo: Lofoten Blue Harvest

2020.03.06 | Anis

Is seaweed a potential feed for ruminants?

Nutritionally, some seaweed species have a huge potential as feed for ruminants. However, according to a study of Norwegian harvested seaweed, in which AU researches have participated, using seaweed as feed is also connected to many challenges. It is, for example, a matter of the seaweed’s content of water, ash and potentially heavy metals as well…

AU researchers will look further into which physical, physiological and microbial qualities that distinguish the climate-efficient dairy cow from the less efficient dairy cow. Photo: Linda S. Sørensen.

2020.02.04 | Anis

A new project is to lead the way to describing the climate-friendly dairy cow

Aarhus University leads a new research project which is to pave the way for a more climate-efficient dairy production. The aim of the project is to reduce the cow’s methane emission via feeding and to investigate the biological reasons for why cows differ in methane production. Furthermore, researchers will examine how we can implement the new…

2019.11.28 | Anis

Four scientific positions available at our department

The Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, invites highly qualified applicants for one professor position, one senior advisor position and two assistant professor/researcher positions.

2019.10.09 | Anis

New handbook: Good manure management practices

A new handbook for farmers and advisor organisations on good manure management practices is now available. The handbook is based on results and previous experiences in the EU project 'Manure Standards'. The handbook serves as an easy-to-read material also for other stakeholders from policy to agricultural education.

2019.09.16 | Cattle

SmartCow Newsletter - issue 3

The latest SmartCow Newsletter is now available. The SmartCow project 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.

2019.09.10 | Anis

Invitation: SmartCow study tour in France 3rd of October

Are you a stakeholder, scientist, techinician or student and is concerned about issues of innovations to improve feed efficiency, reduce GHG emissions and improve the welfare of cattle? Then join this study tour at Inra Auvergne Centers, France.

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