Zootechnics, Animal husbandry

Research interests

Precision feeding for dairy and beef cattle
This concerns feed management for dairy and beef cattle. It is important to study the chemical and physical quality of food ratio in a second time the quality of the productions and animal health too through an evaluation of the environmental impact of different food choices. NIR spectroscopy is the most common technique for doing this.

Precision dairy and beef livestock farming
Through continuous measurement of single-parameter technologies and new management techniques, researchers can develop their skills in different aspects of breeding.  They gather consequences of all managerial choices on health, welfare, production efficiency and the environmental impact on breeding. Innovations and concepts are patented to optimise data collection and breeding processes.

Pet food quality
The changing characteristics of the world of pet food are central to this field of research at MAPS. Researchers evaluate the composition, nutritional profile, guidelines adequacy and respect of wet and dry commercial pet food. Evaluation of microbiological quality is necessary direct food sanitation and its effects on the health of animals and their owners.

Effect of body condition and diet on canine and feline health
The effect of diet and nutrition on canines and felines is being studied, as these factors could affect their overall health and also cause some pathologies. The incorporation of certain ingredients or nutrients to diet is another valuable element, as it is useful to know the benefits of those supplements on animals’ dietary habits.

Alternatives to early cow–calf separation
This involves the study of acceptable and feasible alternatives to early cow–calf separation in dairy farms. This is done within 24 hours of a calf’s birth, and it is a subject of national and international research. Public awareness of cow–calf separation is growing daily, and for this reason, the study of it is becoming more important and detailed.