Animal Production

Animal Production

Global consumer demand for animal products is predicted to increase significantly in the coming years with greater competition between animals and humans for feed resources, and growing concerns over the environmental impact of livestock systems. Our research accordingly covers all aspects of the efficiency with which animals utilise genetic and dietary resources. It also addresses issues of sustainable intensification with potential consequences for fertility, health and welfare of animals. Product quality now assumes great importance and the influence of diet on meat, milk and egg quality forms an integral part of this research theme.


We have an extensive range of facilities for large animal work

Key aims and expertise

To promote efficiency (i.e. feed conversion efficiency, growth, milk yield and fertility) and product quality (i.e. meat, milk and eggs) of livestock production systems whilst minimising environmental impact through reducing nitrogen and methane output.

In-house expertise in ruminant and non-ruminant nutrition, fertility and reproductive management, meat and milk compositional manipulation and product quality, animal behaviour and welfare, and environmental monitoring and modelling.

Current projects

  • DairyCo Research Partnership: Animal Health, Welfare and Nutrition
  • Defra Greenhouse Gas Platform: Methane
  • Nutritional value of co-products from bio-ethanol production

Significant results

Development of nutritional strategies to enhance fertility in high-yielding dairy cows.

Low-cost repeatable technique for measuring methane emissions by individual dairy cows on commercial farms.

Standardised apparent ileal amino acid digestibilities of co-products are now being used in diet formulations for large-scale broiler trials.


Animal Production

The University of Nottingham
203 South Laboratory, Sutton Bonington Campus
Loughborough, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 6054