Animal production

The team from the Animal Production Department of NEIKER is developing R&D projects aimed at improving the sustainability of farming systems, especially those in the Basque Country. This is intended to help improve the productivity, competitiveness and efficiency of livestock-raising activities from the enhancement of local resources (livestock breeds, pasture, raw materials, etc.) through production systems adapted to the environment and socio-economic environment, mainly aimed at obtaining products of a differentiated quality. For that reason, our projects are focused on:
• Animal reproduction
• Conservation of genetic resources
• Genetic improvement programmes
• Animal Food and Nutrition
• Applied Ethology
• Animal Welfare
• Development of tools to support decision making
• Modelling and simulation
• Characterisation and design of production systems
• Grazing and use of natural resources
• Evaluation of ecosystem services

DEPARTMENT HEAD:

Roberto Ruíz (rruiz@neiker.eus)