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Animal health in relation to production-related imbalances

Our research aim and focus

With the aim to improve robustness of farm animals, focus is to understand the background for and prevention of production-related inbalances, and how nutrition and management may improve general reproduction and health as well as offspring resilience.

Our primary focus areas

  • Reproductive patterns with different strategies in production animals, such as prolonged lactation or types of culling, to optimize management

  • Physiological and immunological imbalances in production-related diseases, to prevent them through management or nutrition

  • Background for and prevention of production diseases, e.g. through management, avoiding physiological and immunological imbalances or nutrition
  • Implantation and early development of the fetus, to determine relation between production-related imbalances and resulting pregnancy quality
  • Relation between final pregnancy period and the newborn’s health and performance, to optimize management or nutrition
  • Early period for the offspring with focus on colostrum quality and different ways of immunological support, to establish a more robust newborn
  • Role of epigenetics and imprinting in production animal reproduction, health and disease incidences, to establish this as a new research area

Theme group coordinator

Henrik Callesen

Professor, Sektionsleder Institut for Husdyrvidenskab - ANIS Health

Our research perspectives

The knowledge obtained will help preventing production diseases and will give a better basic reproductive biological knowledge about the individual farm animal during critical periods.

It will also lead to better advices to practice on management and nutrition that will improve animal performance, reproduction, health and welfare also for the offspring.