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Description

Main research question/goal
How can health and physiology of farm animals be improved through diet? When formulating diets for farm animals the nutritional needs of the animal and optimal utilization of nutrients are most important. Besides obtaining a rapid growth and optimal feed conversion, it is also important to compose diets which improve the health status of the animals and reduce the risk of developing diseases. The purpose of this study is to understand and evaluate the working and effects of functional feed supplements. The aim is also to obtain practical feeding recommendations to improve the health of farm animals.

Research approach
Among species, we perform specific empirical feeding experiments with alternative raw materials and additives. We precisely register the impact of the feed on the physiology and health of the animals. We draw conclusions regarding the efficacy and the effect of the additives and raw materials and formulate recommendations on health strategies in daily diets.

Relevance/Valorisation
This research will contribute to the sector mainly through a better product image and an added health value for animal or human. This has a direct impact on public health.
AcronymDIERFUNC
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/01/1131/08/12

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