We are eager to collaborate with you towards:
- A sustainable, robust livestock herd
- Practical tools to establish resilience in animals
- Improving resilience and resistance in a changing climate
Seeking knowledge and solutions
In our research on livestock farming systems, we focus on the animal. Healthy, strong animals are more resilient, as they are less dependent on medication and suffer fewer illnesses. We are eager to work with you on solutions to improve the resilience of your herd by using indicators to measure resilience.
Working towards resilient farming systems
We work on developing tools to reduce vulnerability to health and well-being risks in animal husbandry. Subsequently, we consider what adjustments can be made to improve resilience, by, for example, specific enrichments in the barn to reduce disease in piglets, or specific types of accommodations.
Current research questions
The altering environment of humans and animals continuously calls for new expertise and insights. Climate change may cause heat stress in cows, for example. Furthermore, there is an increased threat from ‘novel’ viruses and other pathogens. And we also face a transition towards a more circular economy. What role can the self-regulating abilities of animals play? Wageningen Livestock Research has a wealth of expertise and collaborates with the trade and industry sector and the agricultural sector to find appropriate solutions to current issues.
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