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Animal Nutrition & Health

Fresians grazing 

The Animal Nutrition & Health group focuses on the challenge of creating sustainable animal productivity while balancing environmental impacts such as the emission of greenhouse gases.

Ruminant animals are important contributors to the New Zealand economy via their production of milk, meat and fibre products. However, methane emissions from ruminants account for almost a third of New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Reducing these emissions is important for meeting New Zealand’s obligations under current and future international agreements on greenhouse gas reduction.

We have expertise in the parasitic and infectious diseases of pastoral livestock and understanding the microbial community and processes of the rumen.




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Cookson, Dr AdrianTeam LeaderRumen MicrobiologyGrasslands
Pacheco, Dr DavidTeam LeaderAnimal NutritionGrasslands
Sutherland, Dr IanScience Group LeaderParasitologyHopkirk

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