RUMINANT NEWS

DEVELOPING A NEW APPROACH TO FEEDING RUMINANTS

Innovative ways to feed ruminants are to be explored following the launch of a new partnership between nutrition and supplement company, UFAC-UK, and the University of Nottingham’s Centre for Dairy Science Innovation. The research project, supported by the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL), will focus on the development of a new approach to feeding ruminants. It aims to improve productivity and sustainability and enhance animal health and welfare. It is anticipated that the project will be completed in the first half of 2022. It will look at various new products from UFAC (UK) aimed to improve product quality performance and bring total supply chain benefits to producers and consumers, including animal feed manufacturers, producers and processors, food manufacturers and consumers. The research work will be led by a professor of dairy science, Professor Phil Garnsworthy, who is renowned for his work on dairy cow nutrition and the efficiency of feed utilisation for milk production. CIEL believes the project aligns with 4 of 6 ‘grand challenges’ facing livestock production at present, which are: Developing climate-smart food systems, Resource efficiency and precision nutrition, Animal health and welfare management, Food quality and integrity.