Our research focuses on nutrition for animal growth efficiency and health. We research the nutrition and physiology of species including poultry, cattle and sheep and goat. We also investigate the quality and human health attributes of animal products. There is a strong focus on local feed resources and their utilization by different species of farm animals, and we work closely with producer organizations to provide industry research and consultancy services.
Animal nutritional physiology
Our research focuses on the importance of animal nutrition and physiology on the characteristics of animal-derived human foods, including taste, quality, yields, shelf life and sensory attributes.
Bioactive food and feed ingredients
We focus on investigation and evaluation of different feed ingredients to produce enhanced functional animal origin foods.
We provide feed evaluation and characterization, with in vitro and in vivo modeling as major research focuses.
We focus on testing and evaluating feedstuffs and feed additives, investigating the impact of feed processing on digestive efficiency, management of gut flora through nutrition and husbandry, and bird welfare. We also investigate the interaction between nutrition, management and heat stress to better understand the best environment for maximum production.
We focus on testing and evaluating feedstuffs and feed additives, feed budgeting, nutritional and physiological assessment of ruminants for health and wellbeing, assessing rumen microbial modifications for improved feed digestion and utilization, and adapting quality nutritional regimen to produce high quality animal products through nutritional and physiological manipulation.
We improve meat production from extensive pastoral-based systems through scientific experimentation and working with industry and farmers.
All areas of genetics and breeding, including quantitative and molecular genetics. Projects include feed efficiency and performance of breeding cows.
Improving systems to meat farm animal efficiently and safely. Maintaining a yearly calving interval and examining means of reducing postpartum anoestrous.
Nutrition of meat farm animals in house and in pasture-based systems,
Developing health management approaches for optimal conception, calving and weaning rates.
Behaviour and welfare
Use of physiology and applied behaviour to improve cattle welfare, including pain alleviation and welfare during transport and slaughter.
Growth and meat science
Investigating the growth finished meat farm animals on intensive and pasture-based systems to the desired target carcass weight as quickly as possible, to meet carcass and meat-quality target attributes.
The dairy group consists of animal and dairy production scientists, veterinarians and technicians. We provide expertise across a broad range of dairy system and dairy animal research projects, and operate a commercial Farm
Dairy animal production systems
Lactation physiology and cow feeding/nutrition including the impact of feeding on cow performance. Forage and grazing management including forage production, nutritive value and persistence, and cow performance.
Goat research center
goat Research Centre advances scientific knowledge of goat production, welfare, health and biology. We provide production, veterinary, management and consulting services to farmers, the goat industry, and governmental agencies.
Studies examining all-year-round kidding, managing multiples breeding, and fetal programming aim to increase lifetime reproduction per doe. We have expertise at both fundamental and applied levels.
Improving the nutrition of pregnant and lactating doe can ensure higher kid growth rates and survival to weaning. This is based on extensive and pasture-feeding systems, but we have researched alternative forages such as tropical grasses and legumes grazed and/or fed to pregnant and lactating does and finishing kids.
Genetics and breeding
We study the use of animal breeding and genetics to improve the profitability of goat-production systems. Recent studies have focused on defining breeding objectives, calculating economic values using farm models, examining the contribution of the major histocompatibility complex to disease resistance, and identification of mutations associated with inherited diseases.
Growth and meat
Improving live weight gains in kids to achieve maximum carcass weight while ensuring carcass and meat traits and meat eating quality are not compromised. We are investigating kid live-weight gains, carcass and meat quality on different nutritional regimen.