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Discover our Research Groups and CentresAnimal production, health and welfareAnimal Production, Health and Welfare

We aim for economically efficient, sustainable and ethical production of quality food and fiber. Producing livestock products in an environmentally and socially responsible way is the ultimate goal of our research.

Behaviour, Health and Welfare

  • Pain management
  • Nutrition for intensive and extensive production
  • Animal management in export environments
  • Development of animal welfare assessment tools
  • Improved pathogen detection
  • Vaccine development
  • Antimicrobial resistance

Food Safety and Public Health

  • Management of zoonotic diseases
  • Livestock and watershed management
  • Managing diarrhoea and microbial contamination of meat products
  • Food storage and microbial control

Production Animal Systems

  • Reproductive and maternal efficiency
  • Metabolic diseases in production animals
  • Sustainable sheep parasite management

Meat, milk and fibre production

  • Meat quality
  • Developing products to meet consumer preferences
  • Nutrition and disease interactions

Key questions in this research theme include:

  • How can we increase animal production efficiency, productivity and profitability?
  • Can we improve welfare on-farm and in international markets?
  • Can we ensure healthy, safe food and water for consumers?
  • Can we mitigate and monitor herd and flock diseases?
  • Can we improve quality and consistency of animal products?
  • Can we integrate health of communities, wildlife and environment with animal production?
  • Can we prevent antimicrobial resistance?

Our key approaches and tools include:

  • Advanced molecular technologies- proteomics, metabolomics, next generation sequencing
  • Discovery of biochemical and physiological mechanisms that underpin industry issues
  • Field based research and population monitoring